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(ērĭn`ē-ēz), in Greek and Roman religion and mythology, three daughters of Mother Earth, conceived from the blood of Uranus, when Kronos castrated him. They were powerful divinities that personified conscience and punished crimes against kindred blood, especially matricide. They were usually represented as winged women with serpent hair. Their names were Megaera [jealous], Tisiphone [blood avenger], and Alecto [unceasing in pursuit]. When called upon to act, they hounded their victims until they died in a "furor" of madness or torment. In the myth of Orestes they appear as Clytemnestra's agents of revenge. After Athena absolved Orestes of guilt in the murder of his mother, she gave the Furies a grotto at Athens where they received sacrifices and libations, and became euphemistically known as the Eumenides [kindly ones].


See Aeschylus' play, The Eumenides.


horrible avengers of crimes. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 381]
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He's slower than me, and I actually punch harder than Tyson Fury.
Now, following an interview at the offices of the BBBofC in Cardiff, Fury has been told the suspension of his boxing license will be lifted "subject to receipt and clearance of all medical requirements.
It means Fury, who has returned to training and faced the UKAD hearing alongside cousin Hughie, can challenge for Anthony Joshua's unified WBA, IBF and IBO titles.
Fury said: "Next year I will be back and ready to reclaim the world titles which are rightfully mine.
Next year I will be back and ready to reclaim the world titles, which are rightfully mine," said Fury.
Both Hughie and Tyson Fury have strongly denied the nandrolone charge, claiming the positive was a result of eating wild boar that had not been castrated - a defence similar to the one used by cycling star Alberto Contador when he tested positive for a steroid at the 2010 Tour de France.
A number of personal issues have kept Fury on the sidelines since November 2015, when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko for the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles, and he remains without a boxing licence.
Immediately after stopping Klitschko, Joshua spoke of his desire to fight Fury and he repeated that desire earlier this week.
Despite Fury being without a boxing licence at least until the final ruling of his postponed hearing with UK Anti-Doping, the decorated Holmes said: "If he doesn't beat Tyson Fury, it's going to be thrown up.
Fury came up short in his attempt to emulate cousin Tyson by claiming the WBO heavyweight title at Manchester Arena.
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In flight tests since May 2016, Fury has flown more than 200 hours and reliably demonstrated more than 12-hour endurance, while simultaneously operating 100 pounds of payloads, including electro-optical/infrared surveillance systems, voice communications relays, SATCOM links, and multiple signals intelligence payloads.