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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An Associated Press account of that court appearance — of the judge's befuddlement over how to deal with this tiny detainee in diapers, sucking on a bottle — set off an international furor. Julie Watson, Fox News, "'Suffering' ends with Honduran baby back in parents' arms," 21 July 2018 Javier Zarracina/Vox The recent furor of Sen. Kamala Harris’s call to eliminate private insurance underscored this political challenge. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Is employer-sponsored insurance really a good deal for workers?," 7 Feb. 2019 Mylan touched off a furor two years ago after price increases of 548% over about a decade drove the cost of the EpiPen to just above $600 for a two-pack. Colin Kellaher, WSJ, "Teva Releases Generic EpiPen in Limited Doses in the U.S.," 27 Nov. 2018 Such has been the delicate balance for Steinberg and his city in the little more than two weeks since the videotape of Sacramento police shooting Stephon Clark touched off a national furor. NBC News, "Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg offers measured response in wake of unrest," 7 Apr. 2018 Perhaps the furor over Amazon’s regional offices will blow over. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Amazon’s HQ2 stunt could come back to haunt it," 14 Nov. 2018 The furor over Trump's snub of the Eagles and the disingenuous reasons behind it is understandable. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Trump's White House ceremony is a joke. Here's what isn't," 5 June 2018 The furor kicked up by this Western state is placing the Trump administration’s new health and human services secretary under intense cross-pressures. Amy Goldstein, Washington Post, "Idaho tests the bounds of skirting Affordable Care Act insurance rules," 27 Feb. 2018 The furor that followed the release of that tape was a taste of what was to come. Glynnis Macnicol, Town & Country, "Who Was Carolyn Bessette Kennedy?," 3 Aug. 2016

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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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