American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Greek Mythology The Furies.
- n. (classical mythology) the hideous snake-haired monsters (usually three in number) who pursued unpunished criminals
“Greek mythology had angry deities of vengeance and retribution, known as the Erinyes.”
“Lost journal entries are addressed to … the Erinyes?”
“The Erinyes demand their victim; he pleads the orders of Apollo; the votes of the judges are equally divided, and Athena gives her casting vote for acquittal.”
“The Erinyes are propitiated by a new ritual, in which they are worshipped as Eumenides, and Orestes dedicates an altar to Athena Areia.”
“Orestes goes mad after the deed and is pursued by the Erinyes, whose duty it is to punish any violation of the ties of family piety.”
“Then there are the Erinyes if you want to be really really hard-core.”
“On a fifth day, they say, the Erinyes assisted at the birth of Horcus (Oath) whom Eris (Strife) bare to trouble the forsworn.”
“And not vainly did they fall from his hand; for all the bloody drops that gushed forth Earth received, and as the seasons moved round she bare the strong Erinyes and the great Giants with gleaming armour, holding long spears in their hands and the Nymphs whom they call Meliae 75 all over the boundless earth.”
“Three Erinyes appeared behind him, the snakes in their hair hissing wildly.”
“That was the good old days, when it was just he, Thanatos, Hypnos, Hades, and the Erinyes.”
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