furor

noun
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 Historians say the massacre in Tulsa began after a local newspaper drummed up a furor over a Black man accused of stepping on a white girl’s foot. Jonathan Lemire And Darlene Superville, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 June 2021 Historians say the massacre in Tulsa began after a local newspaper drummed up a furor over a Black man accused of stepping on a white girl’s foot. Jonathan Lemire, Anchorage Daily News, 2 June 2021 Historians say the trouble 100 years ago in Tulsa began after a local newspaper drummed up a furor over a Black man accused of stepping on a white girl’s foot. Jonathan Lemire, ajc, 1 June 2021 Historians say the massacre in Tulsa began after a local newspaper drummed up a furor over a Black man accused of stepping on a white girl's foot. Jonathan Lemire And Darlene Superville, Star Tribune, 1 June 2021 Historians say the trouble 100 years ago in Tulsa began after a local newspaper drummed up a furor over a Black man accused of stepping on a white girl’s foot. BostonGlobe.com, 1 June 2021 Historians say the massacre in Tulsa began after a local newspaper drummed up a furor over a Black man accused of stepping on a white girl’s foot. Jonathan Lemire And Darlene Superville, chicagotribune.com, 1 June 2021 The president has since withdrawn the plan, and his finance minister, who embarrassed the government in April when his wildly inaccurate guess at the price of eggs during a media interview created a furor, has resigned. Ian Bremmer, Time, 17 May 2021 The American pause on Johnson & Johnson shots promised a second media furor. New York Times, 14 Apr. 2021

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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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9 Jun 2021

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“Furor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/furor. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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furor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of furor

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

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