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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One of the female personifications of vengeance, particularly wrong or immoral deeds on behalf of the victims.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An avenging deity; one of the Furies; sometimes, conscience personified.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Greek myth, one of the Furies: usually in the plural, Erinyes. See fury and Eumenides.
  • n. [NL.] In zoology: A genus of butterflies, of the family Hesperidæ, or skippers. As at present restricted, it has but one species, E. comma. It is usually spelled Erynnis.
  • n. A genus of trilobites, of the family Proëtidæ.

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek Ἐρινύς. Possibly the angry spirits from the Greek orinein, (to raise, stir, excite [towards anger]) (Wiktionary)

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