Definition of fury
1 : intense, disordered, and often destructive rage
2 a capitalized : any of the avenging deities in Greek mythology who torment criminals and inflict plagues b : an avenging spirit c : one who resembles an avenging spirit; especially : a spiteful woman
3 : extreme fierceness or violence
4 : a state of inspired exaltation : frenzy
Examples of fury in a sentence
I could see the fury in her eyes.
Nothing could contain his fury over their accusations.
He turned away from them in fury.
The hurricane unleashed its fury on hundreds of homes and businesses.
dire Straits and furies
Dire and fury share a history in Roman mythology, as each of these words is connected to the Erinyes, the avenging and terrifying deities of ancient myth who tormented criminals. The Romans referred to these goddesses as either the Dirae or the Furiae. The former is from the Latin word dirus, from which dire is descended, and the latter comes from furere, from where we get fury. The word dire is often found in conjunction with straits; in dire straits is used of a situation that is very bad or difficult. Our records indicate that this phrase began to be used in English at the end of the 18th century, when it appeared in Francis Fawkes’s The Argonautics of Apollonius Rhodius: “When now the heroes through the vast profound, Reach the dire straits with rocks encompass’d round.”
Origin and Etymology of fury
Middle English furie, from Latin furia, from furere to rage
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of fury
FURY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fury for English Language Learners
: violent anger
: wild and dangerous force
FURY Defined for Kids
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