fu·​ri·​ous | \ ˈfyu̇r-ē-əs How to pronounce furious (audio) \

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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furiously adverb

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The mild nose-feel gives little hint of the furious spirit soon to emerge. Karla Alindahao, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 The package, now the subject of furious negotiations on Capitol Hill, would fundamentally transform the government’s relationship with its citizens and dramatically expand the social safety net. Jonathan Lemire, Fortune, 29 Sep. 2021 But immigrants and their attorneys are furious that President Biden’s administration did not do more to avert the waste, and that the agency doesn’t recognize the real human impacts of more time spent without permanent residency status. Deepa Fernandes, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Sep. 2021 One of the filmmakers’ strangest decisions was casting Liotta to play both Dickie’s father and his imprisoned uncle, one a furious nightmare and the other a blissful-but-blunt dispenser of advice. David Sims, The Atlantic, 28 Sep. 2021 Like, the sunglasses exploding off her face from the steam coming out of her ears levels of furious. Jodi Walker, EW.com, 27 Sep. 2021 Many homeowners across San Diego County, many of whom have owned single-family homes for decades, are furious that their neighborhoods could be jammed up with a bunch of new housing. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Sep. 2021 Until a furious surge in the fourth quarter, the 41-13 win against Wisconsin was another underwhelming performance for a team that previously struggled to put away Florida State, Toledo and Purdue. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 25 Sep. 2021 The deal effectively cut out France, a NATO ally that had been contracted to build conventional diesel submarines for Australia, and sparked a furious response from France and China. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2021

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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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“Furious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/furious. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce furious (audio) \

Kids Definition of furious

1 : very angry
2 : very active or fast a furious pace
3 : very powerful or violent a furious storm

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