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Synonyms for harpy

a person, traditionally a woman, who persistently nags or criticizes

Synonyms for harpy

a malicious woman with a fierce temper

(Greek mythology) vicious winged monster

any of various fruit bats of the genus Nyctimene distinguished by nostrils drawn out into diverging tubes

large black-and-white crested eagle of tropical America

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The four included: the Canadian premieres of Marc Blitzstein's 1930 satirical The Harpies and American composer Steven Serpa's 2010 pastoral opera for countertenor and soprano, Thyrisis and Amaranth; the local premiere of the hilarious 1991 Canadian comic opera, Gisela in her Bathtub, by Neil Weisensel in its Nova Scotian premiere; and Ralph Vaughan Williams's moving 1937 tragedy, Riders to the Sea.
Egerton and King summon two more posh harpies from the repertoire and Bill Bailey milks easy laughs as Kim's slovenly father who promises to bathe once a month.
The world of PR is peopled with stick-thin exercise harpies who pore over a Sweaty Betty catalogue with the same enthusiasm that 'Bomber' Haldane Harris has for launching stores.
A handful of similar acts in other states were also shrieked down by hordes of hoplophobic harpies.
Four harpies destroy the sole male dancer, presumably following his infidelity and destruction of previous lovers.
Mortal red and gold scarred our black republican sky crumping the Latin Quarter and most of the hospitals with their healing-huddled beds, most screaming infant schools, while at the Invalides hysteric Prussian shells shrill as harpies in Wagner never woke the slumberer in the huge sunken vault fit for an emperor of porphyry and basalt.
The little-known cast, including Todd Armstrong and Nancy Kovack, are fine, but the real stars of the piece are Ray Harryhausen's animated monsters, including harpies, a bronze colossus, a seven-headed monster and a horde of sword-wielding skeletons.
How have various cultures conceived of witches, angels, harpies, specters and other creatures Pullman uses in his story?
Are they harpies for justice or angels of letting go?
Named after a foul creature in Greek mythology, a half woman half bird who would snatch away the souls of the dead, harpies are the largest eagles in all the Americas and arguably the world's most powerful eagle.
I particularly enjoyed the scene with the Harpies (horrible flying women- cum-birds who dive-bomb on a blind prophet's food) which was done from high-wires with a pantomime feel.
This is why the Scottish fear nothing when away from home; you don't have birds the size of dogs that shit at you and attack you while screaming like harpies day and night.
Like the legendary harpies, these new strains, half human half avian, pose an immense public health challenge.
Even women who had abortions morphed from unwomanly harpies into tragic victims of "surgical rape," coerced by greedy abortionists and selfish boyfriends.