(classical mythology) the hideous snake-haired monsters (usually three in number) who pursued unpunished criminals
- They are sometimes called the Eumenides, the Kindly Ones, but their true names are , and .
- They were known to the Greeks as the Erinyes, but those who feared to speak their name often called them by euphemisms such as Eumenides (“Kind Ones”).
- Aeschylus, II, The Oresteia: Agamemnon. Libation-Bearers. Eumenides