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pl.n. Greek Mythology
A group of usually three goddesses, often described as benevolent fertility deities but identified in some traditions with the Furies.

[Greek eumenides (theai), gracious (goddesses), euphemism for the Furies, from eumenē, good-spirited : eu-, eu- + menos, spirit, disposition; see men- in Indo-European roots.]


pl n
(Classical Myth & Legend) 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]


(yuˈmɛn ɪˌdiz)
the Furies of Greek myth.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Eumenides - (classical mythology) the hideous snake-haired monsters (usually three in number) who pursued unpunished criminals
classical mythology - the system of mythology of the Greeks and Romans together; much of Roman mythology (especially the gods) was borrowed from the Greeks
Alecto - one of the three Furies
Megaera - one of the three Furies
Tisiphone - one of the three Furies
References in classic literature ?
In Flaxman's drawing of the Eumenides of Aeschylus, Orestes supplicates Apollo, whilst the Furies sleep on the threshold.
As in the conclusion to Euripides's Electra, Aeschylus's Eumenides dramatizes the aftermath of the matricide undertaken by Orestes, and here too Apollo's punishment of Clytemnestra takes the form of a repetition of harrowing intra-familial violence.
Such a synthesis would be analogous to the one narrated in the Oresteia by which Athena's "rational" order overtakes the chthonic, irrational order of the past, allowing for the transformation of the Furies into Eumenides.
Aeschylus' tragedies of The Oresteia trilogy, The Libation Bearers and The Eumenides, will be staged in Nicosia and Paphos on July 18 and 19, while July 21 (Makarios III) and July 22 (Curium) bring us a faithful take on Oedipus.
However, unable to resign his competitive subjectivity, he condemns himself to the vengeance of the Eumenides (l.
Euripides (480 - 406BC), pronounced like "You-rip-a-these", was a great Athenian playwright and The Eumenides, "You-mend-a-these", is the third part of a tragedy by Aeschylus.
23) How, for example, are we to respond to the scene in the Eumenides when the ghost of Clytemnestra upbraids the Furies for falling asleep and allowing Orestes to slip their guard outside the sanctuary of Delphi?
11) Aeschylus, The Eumenides, in The Oresteia, trans.
Nothing so terrible has been written since the Eumenides of Aeschylus, and nothing in dramatic literature--not even the slaying of Agamemnon--is depicted with such awesome intensity as the murder of Duncan" (Bates 34).
For in becoming guides to the ghosts who will reward them with the stories of their lives, they resemble the gorgon-like furies of Aeschylus's Orestia, blood-revengers who become in Athens the Eumenides, guardians of Athenian civic order.