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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My impression is that the leaguewide furor (and criticism) that followed his trade demand last January actually caught him off guard, to a degree, because New Orleans is so far removed from the league’s epicenter. Marc Stein, New York Times, "For Gregg Popovich, the FIBA World Cup Is Personal," 10 Sep. 2019 The furor then took direct aim at Judge Aaron Persky, who was recalled in June 2018. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "Stanford sex assault survivor ‘Emily Doe’ reveals name with new memoir," 4 Sep. 2019 Full-body scanners in use at U.S. airports today must comply with a 2013 law, prompted by the Rapiscan furor, that requires such machines include privacy software filters that keep the devices from showing details of a traveler's body. Ronald D. White, latimes.com, "This Hawthorne company finds security in border protection," 6 July 2019 Ferguson also was swept up in the Epstein furor that year. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Prince Andrew, Sarah Ferguson flee to luxury Spanish resort amid Jeffrey Epstein turmoil, reports say," 15 Aug. 2019 But as public furor over the practice grew, President Donald Trump called for an end to the separations in June 2018. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Trump administration has separated 900 migrant children in continuing practice," 30 July 2019 The charter’s champion was shot dead in a shocking, unrelated case, leaving supporters without their original leader as the furor grew. Trisha Powell Crain | Tcrain@al.com, al.com, "Rural charter school stokes religious fears, roils community in Alabama," 21 July 2019 As an international furor grew, Mr. Trump said on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia should be considered innocent until proven guilty, comparing the charges against the kingdom to harassment accusations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Ian Talley, WSJ, "Trump Hardens Saudi Stance After Days of Mixed Signals," 19 Oct. 2018 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

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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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