(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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of eumenides

  • 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: Did she, thou bloody one, not bear thee neath her heart?

  • The Eumenides accordingly do not recognize the right of the father and husband.

British Dictionary definitions for eumenides


pl n

another name for the Furies, used by the Greeks as a euphemism

Word Origin for Eumenides

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.

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