the Furies
   The Greek word means kindly ones, and they were liable to get angry with you if you failed to flatter them, as would the good folk with our recent ancestors. Similarly, the Greeks called the stormy and fearsome Black Sea the Euxine, the hospitable. Some Christian prayers to an all-powerful and avenging God make strange reading too.

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  • euménides — V. érinnyes. euménides [ømenid] n. f. pl. ÉTYM. 1480; grec Eumenides, de eumênes « bienveillant ». ❖ 1 Myth. grecque. (Par antiphrase). Filles de l Enfer, appelées encore Érinyes. ⇒ Furie …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Eumenides — Eu*men i*des, n. pl. [L., from Gr. ? lit., gracious goddesses.] (Class. Myth.) A euphemistic name for the Furies of Erinyes. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Eumenĭdes — (Eumeniden), so v.w. Erinyen; daher Eumenideia, Fest der Erinyen, s.d …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Euménides — (Eumenídes) ► MITOLOGÍA VER Erinias …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Eumenides — Greek, lit. the well minded ones, a euphemism of the ERINYS (Cf. Erinys) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Eumenides — [yo͞o men′i dēz΄] pl.n. [L < Gr, lit., the gracious ones < eumenēs, well disposed, gracious < eu (see EU ) + menos, the mind, temper: a propitiatory euphemism] Gr. Myth. FURIES …   English World dictionary

  • Eumenides — Érinyes  Pour la pièce d Eschyle, voir Les Euménides. Oreste tourmenté par une Éri …   Wikipédia en Français

  • EUMENIDES — I. EUMENIDES Furiae infernales κατ᾿ ἀντίφρασιν καὶ εὐφημισμόν, eum minime εὐμενεῖς, h. e. benevolae sint. Serv. in Aen. l. 6. Dictoe quod minime bene velint, per antiphrasin, ut Parcoe, Bellum, Ε᾿υμενίδες αἱ σεμαὶ θεαὶ dicuntur Plutarch. in… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Euménides — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Le terme Euménides peut se référer à : des déesses grecques aussi appelées Érinyes une famille de guêpes maçonnes aussi appelée Eumenes. Catégorie :… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Eumenides — noun plural Etymology: Latin, from Greek, literally, the gracious ones Date: 1536 the Furies in Greek mythology …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Eumenides — /yooh men i deez /, n. 1. (used with a pl. v.) Class. Myth. a euphemistic name for the Furies, meaning the Kindly Ones. 2. (italics) (used with a sing. v.) a tragedy (485 B.C.) by Aeschylus. Cf. Oresteia. * * * …   Universalium

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