noun (plural furies)
- 1Wild or violent anger: tears of fury and frustration Rachel shouted, beside herself with furyMore example sentences
- 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 feeling: in a fury, he lashed the horse onMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2 [in singular] Violence or energy displayed in natural phenomena or in someone’s actions: the fury of a gathering storm she was paddling with a new furyMore example sentences
- The stone is still there, split in half by the fury of the corporal's sword.
- Turner lashed himself to masts in order to witness the fury of storms at sea, and he was fascinated by shipwrecks.
- It was distant, full of the fury of a tempest on the sea, but it was Carmel's voice speaking through to him.
- 2 (Fury) Greek Mythology A spirit of punishment, often represented as one of three goddesses who executed the curses pronounced upon criminals, tortured the guilty with stings of conscience, and inflicted famines and pestilences. The Furies were identified at an early date with the Eumenides.More example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1 • dated Used to convey a woman’s anger or aggression by comparing her to a Fury from Greek mythology: she turned on him like a vengeful fury
- • informal With great energy or effort: she fought like fury in his armsMore example sentences
- 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'.