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[yoo-men-i-deez] /yuˈmɛn ɪˌdiz/
(used with a plural verb) Classical Mythology. a euphemistic name for the Furies, meaning “the Kindly Ones.”.
(italics) (used with a singular verb) a tragedy (485 b.c.) by Aeschylus.
Compare Oresteia. Unabridged
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  • And the Eumenides there lying express pictorially this disparity.

    Essays, Second Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • A similar opinion is enunciated by schylus in the 'Eumenides' (647, 648).

    The Articles of Faith James E. Talmage
  • Only, she was quite too flattering, really, about Orestes pursued by the Eumenides.'

  • Eumenides: The prophet (Apollo) bade thee then become a matricide?

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • Eumenides: When judgment will be given thou wilt not speak thus.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • Eumenides: Did she, thou bloody one, not bear thee neath her heart?

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • The Eumenides accordingly do not recognize the right of the father and husband.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • The adventures of Delia, Eumenides, and Jack are all that really concern us.

    The Grateful Dead Gordon Hall Gerould
  • His judges were not to blame that the Eumenides thirsted for blood.

  • In certain tragedies, these singers personated the Eumenides or Furies.

    The Student's Mythology

    Catherine Ann White
British Dictionary definitions for Eumenides


plural noun
another name for the Furies, used by the Greeks as a euphemism
Word Origin
from Greek, literally: the benevolent ones, from eumenēs benevolent, from eu- + menos spirit
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Word Origin and History for Eumenides

Greek, literally "the well-minded ones," a euphemism of the Erinys.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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