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.
Recent Examples on the Web The furor follows a weekend of hard-line rhetoric as Trump positioned himself as the candidate who will protect the country's history from protesters. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "White House says Trump tweet neutral on NASCAR flying Confederate flag," 6 July 2020 The furor companies such as Uber and United Airlines aroused on social media for misbehaving was initiated by a handful of individuals. Anjana Susarla, The Conversation, "TikTok teens and the Trump campaign: How social media amplifies political activism and threatens election integrity," 30 June 2020 The Louisville Metro Council primary race results, announced Tuesday, come amid a period of turmoil for the city, which has been rocked by furor over the police shooting of Breonna Taylor, 26. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Metro Council election: Jecorey Arthur, Cassie Chambers Armstrong win, incumbents hold on," 30 June 2020 Reports of the bounties triggered a furor in Congress, as both Republicans and Democrats demanded answers from the Trump administration. Reuters Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "US intel shows Russian bounty for killing of American troops," 29 June 2020 Remember the furor in 2011 when Republican governors tried to reform collective bargaining for government workers? The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Problem With Police Unions," 10 June 2020 Historians say the trouble began after a Tulsa newspaper drummed up a furor over a black man who allegedly stepped on a white girl’s foot. Ellen Knickmeyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Near Trump’s rally site, black Tulsa lives with fiery legacy," 17 June 2020 The announcement sparked a furor among Democrats and the president's critics for both the date and the location. Fox News, "What is Juneteenth? The history behind the oldest commemoration of the abolishment of slavery in the US," 14 June 2020 The world’s largest carmaker will step up controls of marketing content and improve training of its personnel to prevent a repeat of the furor caused by the Instagram clip last month, officials said Thursday. BostonGlobe.com, "Airbnb saw increased bookings between mid-May and early June," 12 June 2020

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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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The first known use of furor was in the 15th century

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14 Jul 2020

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“Furor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/furor. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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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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