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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Eventually, in Beran’s aggrandizing telling, 4chan’s crescendo of furious nihilism delivers President Trump to America. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "WIRED Book of the Month: It Came From Something Awful," 31 July 2019 Around 1850 a confectioner’s assistant in a Parisian pâtisserie accidentally spilled hot milk over chocolate making his boss furious as the story goes. Luke O'neil, Longreads, "The Wind Sometimes Feels in Error," 29 July 2019 Lomong uses a furious finish to make his first U.S. World Team since 2013. oregonlive.com, "Another chapter in the amazing life story of the Bowerman Track Club’s Lopez Lomong: Oregon track & field rundown," 26 July 2019 In recent years, police shootings of unarmed black men have sparked furious protests. P.s., The Economist, "White cops are no likelier to shoot dead African-Americans than black ones are," 24 July 2019 Neighborhood leaders are questioning whether the incident is an example of police brutality by an officer who already was involved in the 2017 incident that some furious residents condemned as racist and sparked protests last year. Abigail Brone, courant.com, "Cellphone video shows New Britain cop involved in 2017 shooting hitting suspect during arrest," 18 July 2019 The country is embroiled in a furious debate over the conditions of U.S. immigration detention facilities, as violence and poverty in Central America sends many refugees and migrants northward. James Sergent, USA Today, "What first-hand government reports say about conditions at migrant detention centers," 16 July 2019 Argentina's Lionel Messi has bizarrely suggested that corruption was at play in a furious rant following his sending off against Chile in the Copa America third-place playoff. SI.com, "Lionel Messi Slams 'Corrupt' Officials Following Copa America Red Card Against Chile," 7 July 2019 On a sweltering July night in 1899, five immigrant Sicilian produce vendors were seized by a furious mob in Tallulah, Louisiana, and publicly hanged. Frank Viviano, The New York Review of Books, "Atrocities America Forgot," 6 June 2019

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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

Other Words from furious

furiously adverb

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