fury

noun fu·ry \ ˈfyu̇r-ē , ˈfyər- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of fury

plural furies
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

  1. I could see the fury in her eyes.

  2. Nothing could contain his fury over their accusations.

  3. He turned away from them in fury.

  4. The hurricane unleashed its fury on hundreds of homes and businesses.

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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

Synonym Discussion of fury

anger, ire, rage, fury, indignation, wrath mean an intense emotional state induced by displeasure. anger, the most general term, names the reaction but by itself does not convey cause or intensity.
    • tried to hide his anger
ire, more frequent in literary contexts, suggests an intense anger, often with an evident display of feeling.
    • cheeks flushed with ire
rage and fury suggest loss of self-control from violence of emotion.
    • shook with rage
    • could not contain his fury
indignation stresses righteous anger at what one considers unfair, mean, or shameful.
    • a comment that caused general indignation
wrath is likely to suggest a desire or intent to punish or get revenge.
    • I feared her wrath if I was discovered


FURY Defined for English Language Learners

fury

noun

Definition of fury for English Language Learners

  • : violent anger

  • : wild and dangerous force


FURY Defined for Kids

fury

noun fu·ry \ ˈfyu̇r-ē \

Definition of fury for Students

plural furies
1 : violent anger : rage
2 : wild and dangerous force
  • the fury of the storm


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