American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The spirits of the dead, regarded as minor supernatural powers in ancient Roman religion.
- n. The revered spirit of one who has died.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In Roman antiquity, the spirits of the dead considered as tutelary divinities of their families; the deified shades of the dead, according to the belief that the soul continued to exist and to have relations with earth after the body had perished. Three times a year a pit called the mundus was officially opened in the comitium of the Roman Forum, to permit the manes to come forth. The manes were also honored at certain festivals, as the Parentalia and Feralia; oblations were made to them, and the flame maintained on the altar of the household was a homage to them. [In this sense often written with a capital.]
- Hence—2. The spirit of a deceased person, or the shades of the dead, whether considered as the object of a cult or not.
- By metonymy— The lower world or infernal regions, as the abode of the manes.
- The punishments imposed in the lower world.
- n. The souls or spirits of dead ancestors, conceived as deities or the subjects of reverence.
- n. Plural form of mane.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Rom. Antiq.) The benevolent spirits of the dead, especially of dead ancestors, regarded as family deities and protectors.
- n. a Persian prophet who founded Manichaeism (216-276)
- From Latin manes ("spirits of the dead"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin mānēs, perhaps from mānis, good; see mā-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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