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[ih-rin-is, ih-rahy-nis] /ɪˈrɪn ɪs, ɪˈraɪ nɪs/
noun, plural Erinyes
[ih-rin-ee-eez] /ɪˈrɪn iˌiz/ (Show IPA).
Greek Mythology.
any of the Furies. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • So was the vengeance of the Erinys accomplished, and the work of the Avengers of Blood ended.

  • And even as she prayed, the awful Erinys, who wanders through the air, heard her words and swore to accomplish the doom.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • Then the voice of Ixion smote the ear of Hesioneus, harsh as the flapping of the wings of Erinys when she wanders through the air.

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  • There was no more joy within the halls of Oineus, for the Erinys had done their task well.

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  • The name Erinys did not originally mean Fury, and it cannot be explained from Greek sources alone.

Word Origin and History for Erinys

(plural erinyes), one of the three avenging spirits (Alecto, Tisiphone, Megaera) in Greek religion, of unknown origin, perhaps "the angry spirit" (cf. Arcadian erinein "to be angry," Greek orinein "to raise, stir, excite," eris "strife, discord"). Related: Erinnic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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