fu·​ri·​ous | \ˈfyu̇r-ē-əs \

Definition of furious 

1a(1) : exhibiting or goaded by anger She was furious with them for printing the story.

(2) : indicative of or proceeding from anger

b : giving a stormy or turbulent appearance furious bursts of flame

c : marked by noise, excitement, activity, or rapidity worked at a furious pace

2 : intense sense 1a the furious growth of tropical vegetation

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Other Words from furious

furiously adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for furious


delirious, ferocious, feverish, fierce, frantic, frenetic, frenzied, mad, rabid, violent, wild



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Examples of furious in a Sentence

She's furious at how slowly the investigation is proceeding. I was furious with them for printing the story. We worked all night at a furious pace.
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Canada’s influential and heavily protected dairy industry was furious that the draft text provided by the U.S. made sweeping changes to their sector. Santiago Pérez, WSJ, "In Nafta Rewrite, Canada Took Cue From Mexico: Make a Big Concession," 29 Nov. 2018 Turner thinks the research produced after the Yellowstone fires of 1988 can serve as a benchmark for how forests might respond to repeated burning, and the hot and furious future that may await them. Kristen Pope, Discover Magazine, "Wildfire Engulfed Yellowstone 30 Years Ago. Its Recovery Could Predict The Future of the West," 12 Nov. 2018 Make this costume fast (without getting furious) thanks to some help from Spaceships and Laser Beams. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "People Are Making DIY Halloween Costumes Out of Amazon Boxes — and They're Pretty Amazing," 22 Oct. 2018 When thousands of furious, screaming protesters marched toward the Capitol over the weekend as Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed, Republican staffers peered out at the scene from the windows above. Matt Viser, The Seattle Times, "‘An angry mob’: Republicans work to recast Democratic protests as out-of-control anarchy," 8 Oct. 2018 As Mike Duncan elucidated, in my beloved Revolutions podcast, the French one only got started in earnest when thousands of furious Parisiennes marched on Versailles. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Who's Up For Burning It All Down?," 6 Oct. 2018 Rarely is the outbreak so furious as the current explosion of three hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean with the possibility of a fourth tropical storm developing in the Gulf of Mexico this week. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Hurricane Florence represents a grave threat to the East Coast," 10 Sep. 2018 Trump’s furious lashing out, including his reckless escalation of a crisis with the Department of Justice this weekend, provides interesting clues. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Why the New Times Report on the Gulf Meeting Is Freaking Trump Out," 21 May 2018 Passes were coming fast and furious late in the first oval race of the season. Jim Ayello, USA TODAY Sports, "Josef Newgarden capitalizes on late restart to win IndyCar race at Phoenix," 8 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of furious

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for furious

Middle English, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French furieus, from Latin furiosus, from furia madness, fury

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English Language Learners Definition of furious

: very angry

: very powerful or violent

: very active or fast


fu·​ri·​ous | \ˈfyu̇r-ē-əs \

Kids Definition of furious

1 : very angry

2 : very active or fast a furious pace

3 : very powerful or violent a furious storm

Other Words from furious

furiously adverb

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