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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.]
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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]
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(yuˈmɛn ɪˌdiz)
the Furies of Greek myth.
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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
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References in classic literature ?
In Flaxman's drawing of the Eumenides of Aeschylus, Orestes supplicates Apollo, whilst the Furies sleep on the threshold.
I remember that, in one of my classes, I chose to write a paper on Aeschylus' 'The Eumenides.'
The killer calls himself Eumenides, after the third of the Oresteia ancient Greek tragedies by Aeschylus, and warns each of his victims in notes drawn with exquisite Chinese calligraphy, luring police into a diabolical game.
Agamemnon, the first part of the Aeschylus' trilogy, Oresteia -- followed by The Libation Bearers and The Eumenides -- tells the story of the homecoming of Agamemnon, king of Mycenae, after the Trojan war.
He has chosen the The Holy Goddesses or The Furies as a more accurate title for the play conventionally called Eumenides. Each spring in ancient Athens, he explains, three tragic poets competed, each presenting a set of three original tragedies and a farcical satyr play.
Eumenides. In Macbeth, this is carried out through the
Aligning most closely with EBB's own theatrical commentary, Aurora reads Romney's wedding through the lens of Greek tragedy, likening him in his ultimate failure to Orestes being tormented by the Furies in Aeschylus's The Eumenides. Ever the stand-in for her creator, Aurora reads Romney as noble but flawed, much like the art of dramatic poetry itself when it is translated to the stage.