fu·​ror | \ ˈfyu̇r-ˌȯr How to pronounce furor (audio) , -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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President Donald Trump has announced Friday that Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has resigned, a move that comes after furor over a plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Labor Secretary Alex Acosta resigns amid furor over Epstein plea deal," 12 July 2019 The protesters Many people in the industry believe the current furor has been driven, in large part, by protesters running an opportunistic campaign against the sport. Elliott Almond, The Mercury News, "Racing in crisis: It’s not just Santa Anita. Horse deaths plague East Bay track and others around country," 29 June 2019 Amid the furor surrounding this publication, politicians from across the political spectrum—Senators Dianne Feinstein and Joseph Lieberman among them—called for Assange’s prosecution. James C. Goodale, Harper's magazine, "More Than a Data Dump," 10 Apr. 2019 Is Also Winning Today Like it or not, this game may be an advertisement for V.A.R. and goal-line technology, two innovations added — amid much furor — to help officials in the last two World Cup cycles. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "France Passes First World Cup Test. So Does V.A.R.," 17 June 2018 In 1998, amid the furor of President Bill Clinton’s impeachment, voter backlash cost the Republicans the chance to pick up seats in both Houses of Congress. Washington Post, "Giuliani: Don’t expect Trump-Russia interview decision soon," 11 May 2018 The resulting furor led to an effort by the campaign manager, Brad Parscale, to tighten control. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump says supporters might ‘demand’ that he serve more than two terms," 17 June 2019 And if Trump had done so, the media — and the German — response would have been unhinged furor. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Is Germany Becoming Germany — Again?," 4 June 2019 In the fall of 2017, there was a furor involving Dr. Seuss, the first lady and a school librarian that many people found surprising and disconcerting. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "‘Becoming Dr. Seuss’ Review: Who Killed Dick and Jane?," 9 May 2019

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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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