furious

adjective

fu·​ri·​ous ˈfyu̇r-ē-əs How to pronounce furious (audio)
1
a(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
furiously adverb

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web But in less than a day, she was forced into an about-turn on the centerpiece of her announcement -- a plan to align public sector pay to regional living costs -- after a furious backlash from Tory politicians. Liza Tetley, Bloomberg.com, 15 Aug. 2022 In McGirt, the Supreme Court effectively recognized that roughly half of Oklahoma was still Indian Country, prompting a furious backlash from Oklahoma’s governor and some local officials. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 6 June 2022 His comments sparked furious backlash among conservatives, who have refused to consider new gun control legislation to try to curb the violence. Jill Colvin, BostonGlobe.com, 3 June 2022 His comments sparked furious backlash among conservatives, who have refused to consider new gun control legislation to try to curb the violence. CBS News, 3 June 2022 But after furious online backlash, the channel postponed the broadcast. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 And WarnerMedia said nothing, setting the stage for the furious backlash from CNN’s loyal anchors, who argued that the punishment did not seem to fit the crime. Kim Masters, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Feb. 2022 The sentencing brings to a close a case that generated a furious backlash against a Loudoun schools policy, put in place after the first assault, that allows transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 Some of the rescued were wearing lifejackets, which authorities credited with saving their lives in furious 6-to-8 foot seas amid 30 mph winds. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 21 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of furious was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Furious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/furious. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

furious

adjective
fu·​ri·​ous ˈfyu̇r-ē-əs How to pronounce furious (audio)
1
: very angry
2
: very active : violent
a furious storm
furiously adverb

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