Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. Greek Mythology The Furies.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. A euphemistic name for the Furies of Erinyes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In classical mythology, the Erinyes or Furies: a euphemistic name. See Erinys and fury.
  • Same as Eumenidæ.
  • A group of lepidopterous insects.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (classical mythology) the hideous snake-haired monsters (usually three in number) who pursued unpunished criminals

Etymologies

Greek eumenides (theai), gracious (goddesses), euphemism for the Furies, from eumenē, good-spirited : eu-, eu- + menos, spirit, disposition.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.