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

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