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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Synonyms & Antonyms for furor


anger, angriness, birse [chiefly Scottish], choler, fury, indignation, irateness, ire, lividity, lividness, mad, madness, mood [archaic], outrage, rage, spleen, wrath, wrathfulness


delight, pleasure

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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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The furor has prompted major changes at the 911 center, which had been plagued for years with staffing, workplace and operational problems that were spotlighted after Kyle's death. CBS News, "Questions linger after teenager suffocates to death inside minivan," 1 May 2018 The Kardashians represent something new and more pernicious, a cancer that has finally arrived in all its malignant furor. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "The Kardashians Killed the Hamptons," 3 July 2014 Democrats have been busy attracting candidates in those districts, too, as the #MeToo movement and furor surrounding President Trump’s policies energizes the left. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "There's more to primary day than California," 4 June 2018 But Paul Goble, a former State Department analyst, said that if anything, the growing furor surrounding Skripal could boost Putin's domestic standing. Christina Boyle, latimes.com, "British counterterrorism agents take over probe of Russian ex-spy's mysterious collapse," 6 Mar. 2018 The furor can also end up hitting other businesses by mistake. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "This restaurant booted Sarah Sanders, then came the digital pitchforks.," 25 June 2018 The furor over the separation policy seemed to grow even as the president planned to meet with House Republicans on Tuesday in advance of votes on immigration legislation that has divided his party. Author: Peter Baker, Anchorage Daily News, "Voices in both parties call for halt to practice of separating families at border," 18 June 2018 In each instance, as soon as the gun-control furor subsided a bit, so did Trump’s interest on the subject of mental health. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics With his death-penalty ploy, Rauner uses an old trick he learned from his enemy: Mike Madigan," 16 May 2018 The cancellation had been met by widespread furor and disbelief, including from high-profile fans like Lin-Manuel Miranda and Mark Hamill. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "NBC Officially Picks Up Brooklyn Nine-Nine for 6th Season, Just a Day After Fox Canceled It," 12 May 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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: a situation in which many people are very angry and upset

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