fu·​ror | \ ˈfyu̇r-ˌȯr , -ər\

Definition of furor

1 : an angry or maniacal fit : rage furor of the god of war— Henry Fuseli
3 : a fashionable craze : vogue her singing … made her the furor of Paris overnight— Janet Flanner
4a : furious or hectic activity confusion and furor within the Pentagon over research and development spending— T. M. Bernstein
b : an outburst of public excitement or indignation : uproar Amid the furor, the senator continues to deny the allegations.

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Examples of furor in a Sentence

The book caused a furor across the country. Amid a public furor, the senator continues to deny the allegations.

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Her case has set off a diplomatic furor among the three countries and complicated high-stakes U.S.-China trade talks. Christopher Bodeen, The Seattle Times, "China says no information on detained ex-Canadian diplomat," 12 Dec. 2018 Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has called on the pope to cancel it amid the furor over abuse. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Francis Calls Global Meeting of Bishops to Discuss Sex Abuse," 12 Sep. 2018 But the furor has gained enough traction to earn Oakley a show of support from Gov. Jerry Brown. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "A 'rebellion' mounts among community college professors as California pushes for change," 12 June 2018 Meanwhile, The Ringer’s Lindsay Zoladz argued that the furor around the footage — and publications’ desire to capitalize on its shock value — led to the widespread misconception that Last Tango in Paris depicts an actual rape onscreen. Anna North, Vox, "The disturbing story behind the rape scene in Bernardo Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris, explained," 26 Nov. 2018 Prince Mohammed is likely to remain in power after the Khashoggi furor fades, but plenty of other princes could fill his shoes—and might well prove more reliable and prudent. Karen Elliott House, WSJ, "Rethinking Saudi Arabia," 30 Nov. 2018 In tweets earlier in the day, Trump took to Twitter to approach the immigration furor from a different direction. Fox News, "Thousands rally nationwide for illegal immigrant families separated at border," 2 Oct. 2018 The resulting furor left many gay TV fans angry and wary. Maureen Ryan, New York Times, "A Cult Show’s Recipe for Success: Whiskey, Twitter and Complex Women," 6 July 2018 But Brolin loves the fan furor on the internet over his lightning rod characters, especially Thanos. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Sicario' star Josh Brolin is smiling over his killer summer, even with superhero deaths," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of furor

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for furor

Middle French & Latin; Middle French, from Latin, from furere to rage

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English Language Learners Definition of furor

: a situation in which many people are very angry and upset

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