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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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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Momager Kris Jenner acknowledged the actress had given her a heads up via text, but Khloé was furious Woods would give an interview before hashing things out directly. Michele Corriston, PEOPLE.com, "Kylie Jenner Begs Kim Kardashian Not to 'Bully' Jordyn Woods About Tristan Thompson Scandal," 30 June 2019 His furious reactions produce more negative stories. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "Trump has himself to blame for negative coverage," 29 June 2019 So there has been a furious reaction to the Sox’s decision to mark the event, with Mr Dahl throwing the opening pitch. M.h., The Economist, "Why are the Chicago White Sox commemorating Disco Demolition Night?," 13 June 2019 But some of the companies that provide health care to the state’s poorest citizens were furious Thursday after lawmakers cut their allowable annual inflation rate from 3.4 percent to 3.3 percent. oregonlive.com, "Health care companies furious after Legislature moves toward surprise cut in allowable inflation rate," 13 June 2019 Alaska Airlines faced a furious reaction from outraged passengers Monday following a weekend transcontinental flight that turned into a 30-hour nightmare journey. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Alaska Airlines flight diversion leads to a 30-hour nightmare for passengers," 8 Jan. 2019 Italy’s decision to bar the migrants drew a furious reaction from humanitarian groups and other European countries. Raphael Minder, New York Times, "Shunned by Italy, Migrants at Sea Arrive in Spain," 17 June 2018 The 40-year-old goalkeeper was sent-off by referee Michael Oliver after his furious reaction to a last-minute penalty at the Bernabeu Stadium which dumped Juventus out of the Champions League. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Real Madrid drama made Buffon 'feel alive'," 16 Apr. 2018 Starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, Suburbicon is set in a town of that name which is rudely awoken from the American dream by a series of surreal crimes and the residents’ furious reaction to a black family’s arrival in the neighbourhood. Autumn Rendall, Houston Chronicle, "Cultures collide at downtown festival," 31 Mar. 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 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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furiously adverb

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