- (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.
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Examples from the Web for 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.'Babylon, Volume 2 (of 3)
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.
- another name for the Furies, used by the Greeks as a euphemism
from Greek, literally: the benevolent ones, from eumenēs benevolent, from eu- + menos spirit
Word Origin and History for eumenides
Greek, literally "the well-minded ones," a euphemism of the Erinys.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper