from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun plural A group of usually three goddesses, often described as benevolent fertility deities but identified in some traditions with the Furies.
from The Century Dictionary.
- In classical mythology, the Erinyes or Furies: a euphemistic name. See
- Same as
- A group of lepidopterous insects.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun plural (Class. Myth.) A euphemistic name for the Furies of Erinyes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun (classical mythology) the hideous snake-haired monsters (usually three in number) who pursued unpunished criminals
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
In this connection it is obvious to refer to the euphemistic title Eumenides, bestowed by the
When Oedipus takes refuge in a wood beside the road it is just such a wood as blind Raftery might have found, for it is sacred to certain spirits called Eumenides, which means Good People.
Let me now give you another passage from the "Eumenides" -- or
These divinities were also called Eumenides, which signifies the
_Enter on the stage an array of Matrons and Girls in festal robes, as worn in the rites of the Furies, now called Eumenides or 'Gentle
Just as the Greeks called the Furies "Eumenides," the benevolent ones, so is Robin called Good-fellow; the ballad of _Tam
Some accept the judgment and stay as "Eumenides" in Athens; others know no law nor mercy.
"Eumenides" are greatest where all is great; they have the sublimity of the old prophets.
The last piece, "Eumenides," has a distinct political purpose.
"Eumenides;" of senators, as in the "Antigone" of Sophocles; or of village farmers, as in his "OEdipus at Colonos" -- and now I have named five of the greatest poems, as I hold, written by mortal man till