Definition of fury in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈfjʊəri

noun (plural furies)

  • 1 [mass noun] Wild or violent anger: tears of fury and frustration Rachel shouted, beside herself with fury
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    • Emma's face is red with anger, her eyes flash in fury and her hair seems to have bushed out with rage.
    • The younger girl shook with anger, her face contorted in fury as she demanded Mrs. Opanir confess her secret.
    • A white hot anger flared through him as he screamed in fury.
  • 1.1 (a fury) A surge of violent anger or other strong feeling: in a fury, he lashed the horse on
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    • You only had to witness Ferguson work himself into a fury over Ronaldo's participation in the Olympics to gauge the Portuguese's importance to the team.
    • The young man's eyes burned with a fury and fierce protectiveness.
    • The woman ran out in a fury, picked up the animal, and flung it savagely into the kennel.
  • 3 (Fury) Greek Mythology A spirit of punishment, often represented as one of three goddesses who pronounced curses on the guilty and inflicted famines and pestilences. The Furies were identified at an early date with the Eumenides.
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    • The Eumenides shows the Furies in pursuit of Orestes, who is protected by the younger god Apollo.
    • In contrast to young Apollo and Athena, the Furies represent the primitive past that needs to be defeated and tamed in order for civilization to progress.
    • Immediately after this, the avenging goddesses called Furies torment Orestes to the point of insanity.


like fury

informal With great energy or effort: she fought like fury in his arms
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  • We are doing our best to provide as robust a service as possible in the circumstances and out timetablers will be working like fury over the weekend to get the information out as soon as we have it from Railtrack.
  • In other words, people were making their own entertainment like it had never gone out of style; there was a very strong sense of local networks, a circuit of people who had dinner parties with one another, and gossiped like fury.
  • Matt pedalled like fury, and as the rope went taut, the rest of the lads gave me a hearty shove-off, chasing us down the hill whooping and shouting.


late Middle English: from Old French furie, from Latin furia, from furiosus 'furious', from furere 'be mad, rage'.

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