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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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(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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the Furies of Greek myth.
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|Noun||1.||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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