fu·​ry | \ ˈfyu̇r-ē How to pronounce fury (audio) , ˈfyər- \
plural furies

Definition of fury

1 : intense, disordered, and often destructive rage
2a capitalized : any of the avenging deities in Greek mythology who torment criminals and inflict plagues
b : an avenging spirit
c : one who resembles an avenging spirit especially : a spiteful woman
3 : extreme fierceness or violence
4 : a state of inspired exaltation : frenzy

Choose the Right Synonym for fury

anger, ire, rage, fury, indignation, wrath mean an intense emotional state induced by displeasure. anger, the most general term, names the reaction but by itself does not convey cause or intensity. tried to hide his anger ire, more frequent in literary contexts, suggests an intense anger, often with an evident display of feeling. cheeks flushed with ire rage and fury suggest loss of self-control from violence of emotion. shook with rage could not contain his fury indignation stresses righteous anger at what one considers unfair, mean, or shameful. a comment that caused general indignation wrath is likely to suggest a desire or intent to punish or get revenge. I feared her wrath if I was discovered

Dire Straits and Furies

Dire and fury share a history in Roman mythology, as each of these words is connected to the Erinyes, the avenging and terrifying deities of ancient myth who tormented criminals. The Romans referred to these goddesses as either the Dirae or the Furiae. The former is from the Latin word dirus, from which dire is descended, and the latter comes from furere, from where we get fury. The word dire is often found in conjunction with straits; in dire straits is used of a situation that is very bad or difficult. Our records indicate that this phrase began to be used in English at the end of the 18th century, when it appeared in Francis Fawkes’s The Argonautics of Apollonius Rhodius: “When now the heroes through the vast profound, Reach the dire straits with rocks encompass’d round.”

Examples of fury in a Sentence

I could see the fury in her eyes. Nothing could contain his fury over their accusations. He turned away from them in fury. The hurricane unleashed its fury on hundreds of homes and businesses.
Recent Examples on the Web His righteous fury puts him at odds with the more upstanding Justice Society of America, which includes Pierce Brosnan as Dr. Fate, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone, and Aldis Hodge as Hawkman. Devan Coggan, EW.com, 22 July 2022 In recent weeks, some conservative politicians and right-wing groups have directed their fury at drag, insisting that children must be shielded from a supposedly pernicious art. Brandon Tensley, CNN, 21 July 2022 Thousands of people on Saturday braved police curfew, fuel shortage and a shutdown of public trains to ​​descend on the capital, Colombo, to register their fury over the government’s inability to address a crippling economic crisis. New York Times, 9 July 2022 Jon has killed Daenerys Targaryen, his ally-turned-lover, to save the rest of Westeros from her fury as the Mad Queen (which also didn’t sit well with many viewers). Erica Gonzales, ELLE, 18 June 2022 Trump tried controlling his fury during their meeting in the Oval Office, Barr said. Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2022 However, the announcement hasn’t gone down well with Ring customers, with many venting their fury on social media. Barry Collins, Forbes, 2 June 2022 Through her work, Jones demonstrated how a person could use her righteous fury to reshape the world into something better. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 May 2022 Some of the encounters — such as one in which Lola and T heap their own misplaced fury on another pathetic patient played by Marilyn Torres — are histrionic. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fury

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fury

Middle English furie, from Latin furia, from furere to rage

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“Fury.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fury. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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fu·​ry | \ ˈfyu̇r-ē How to pronounce fury (audio) \
plural furies

Kids Definition of fury

1 : violent anger : rage
2 : wild and dangerous force the fury of the storm

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