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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If the growing realization that kids are still being detained (just with their parents) revives the big public furor, and/or the courts strike down Trump’s executive order, the pressure for legislation could ramp right back up. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Why the GOP Might Face More Humiliation on Immigration," 2 July 2018 The high price of prescription drugs has ignited a populist furor, and in May, the Trump administration unveiled a set of proposals to address the issue. Katie Thomas, New York Times, "A Drug Costs $272,000 a Year. Not So Fast, Says New York State.," 24 June 2018 The government's stance has created a public furor, with critics calling the policy inhumane and insensitive. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Babies torn from immigrant parents land in Michigan: 'They need diapers'," 19 June 2018 To capture the atmosphere of the furor, Saracho and her team of writers took in the vibes of the Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights and Eastside areas — the restaurants, food trucks, street vendors and performers of Mariachi Plaza. Alejandra Reyes-velarde, latimes.com, "Starz’s ‘Vida’ puts the spotlight on gentrification and brown queerness in Boyle Heights," 4 May 2018 Behind them, out of sight and with all eyes drawn to the furor nearby, others crept over to the penalty spot to dig their studs into the turf to rough up the surface as much as possible. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "The World Cup is getting seriously dirty now," 4 July 2018 Still, none of West’s previous actions have elicited as much furor as his recent support of Donald Trump, his assertion that four centuries of slavery sounded like a choice—by the enslaved, or his cozying up to right-wing charlatans. Julian Kimble, GQ, "So Appalled: Kanye West Fans Debate What to Do with All that Yeezy Merch," 22 June 2018 Chechnya's leader dismissed the furor in a TV interview, however, asserting that there are no gays in his Russian republic and saying they should be removed from the region if there are. Laura Smith-spark And Simon Cullen, CNN, "UK gay rights activist arrested in Russia as World Cup opens," 14 June 2018 No, not his present personal physician who dropped out of contention to lead the VA and is now unlikely to return to his medical post at the White House because of all the furor. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: Maybe Rudy Can Fail," 6 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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English Language Learners Definition of furor

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

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