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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For others, the furor mostly was about seeing a celebrity held to a lower standard than everyone else. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Where’s the Jussie Smollett-type outrage over the lying alligator catcher who filed a false police report and got to walk free?," 31 July 2019 Rockaway has crafted a perfect book for this moment, as the furor of the #MeToo movement burns slightly less white-hot and women continue to struggle to be taken seriously everywhere from the startup suite to the boardroom to Hollywood. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Hot Stuff: July romances offer 'knotty' self-discovery," 30 July 2019 This generated a small furor among fans who accused Marvel of doing a cheap gender-swap on an iconic character just to generate attention, but Aaron’s storyline proved to be something much more substantial. al.com, "Alabama comic book writer’s female Thor hammers way to big screen," 21 July 2019 Raising a furor over a nonexistent retirement crisis is diverting attention away from these and other important issues. Josh B. Mcgee, Twin Cities, "Josh B. McGee: What retirement savings crisis?," 21 July 2019 The confused cat eventually was tranquilized amid a community furor and released in the hills, but he was later killed trying to cross Interstate 280. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Fearsome mountain lions high-tail it out of there when they hear human voices," 17 July 2019 The bright lights and high-class civilization of Last City contrasted with the rising furor of the unwashed masses outside gives Death Cure a whiff of culture-war relevance for anybody paying attention to the news lately. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: 'Maze Runner' gets an exciting yet bloated final chapter in 'Death Cure'," 25 Jan. 2018 The furor over Gage’s suicide is playing out against a wider backdrop of societal reckoning brought about by the #MeToo movement. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Suicide of Fallbrook horseman suspended for sexual misconduct roils equestrian world," 1 July 2019 Either way, global furor over the proposal has proved a headache China’s central authorities didn’t need. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Hong Kong's About Face," 15 June 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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