From Ancient Greek Ἐρινύς (Erinus). Possibly the angry spirits from the Greek orinein, (to raise, stir, excite [towards anger])
Erinys Sentence Examples
The name is used in Anglo-Saxon glossaries to translate various Latin terms for "War-goddess" or "Fury" (Bellona, Erinys, &c.).
According to Farnell, the meaning of the epithet is to be looked for in the original conception of Erinys, which was that of an earth-goddess akin to Ge, thus naturally associated with Demeter, rather than that of a wrathful avenging deity.
Sometimes one Erinys is mentioned, sometimes several; Euripides first spoke of them as three in number, to whom later Alexandrian writers gave the names Alecto (unceasing in anger), Tisiphone (avenger of murder), Megaera (jealous).
If the accused is acquitted, the state undertakes to appease the soul of the murdered person or its judicial representative, the Erinys.