Definition of Erinys in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɛˈrɪnɪs/

noun (plural Erinyes /ɛˈrɪnɪiːz/)

(In Greek mythology) a Fury.
Example sentences
  • When Indra slays Vrita, Brahmahatya, a terrible retributive apparition, like the Erinyes or Furies of Greek myth, pursues him.
  • Eumenides takes his name from classical Greece, where it was a euphemism for the Furies, those terrifying Erinyes optimistically renamed ‘the kindly ones’ at the end of Aeschylus' Oresteia.
  • In the course of this event, the Erinyes - the monsters who take vengeance on the wrongdoers, sort of a spiritual force who suddenly appear, as apparitions, and destroy and tear apart those who have been the wrongdoers - appeared.


From Greek Erinus.

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