fury

noun
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

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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.
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That one line, delivered in blind fury by Kate, reveals that her attempts to get pregnant are not strictly due to her desire to become a mom, but also her duty to her father. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Season 2 Episode 2 Deals Randall a Truly Devastating Blow," 3 Oct. 2018 Lindsey destroyed two televisions and her phone in a fury before ordering the woman to leave the house — and setting it ablaze. Jeff Weiner, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Gary Wayne Lindsey pledged self-improvement days before killing 4 kids, shooting cop: records," 28 June 2018 My heart was sinking, each string plucked again and again in cacophonous fury. Trésor Prijs, Teen Vogue, "How My Beard Affects My Gender Identity as a Trans Femme," 1 June 2018 Twitter, of course, erupted in fury, calling out ABC and Disney by name. The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board, sacbee, "Starbucks gets it. Roseanne doesn't. Racism won't fly in the new corporate America," 29 May 2018 While his wife wept, John, in a blind fury, trashed their room. PEOPLE.com, "PEOPLE Explains: Infamous Kidnappings Throughout History," 23 May 2018 By then, the poachers’ war on the rhino was in full fury, topping 1,000 animal deaths a year for the first time. Jason Florio, Smithsonian, "The Dangerous Work of Relocating 5,000-Pound Rhinos," 22 May 2018 Davis, basking in adulation after the Pelicans’ four-game sweep of Portland, took the court in a fury, leaving the Oracle fans gasping in admiration. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "As the stars come out, Kevin Durant shines brightest," 28 Apr. 2018 One week after Kim Kardashian faced a wave of internet fury for allegedly Photoshopping a picture of her five-year-old daughter North West, another drama has arrived. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "People Are Coming for Kim Kardashian Over a Photoshopped Pic of Her and Kylie Jenner," 19 Nov. 2018

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fury

: violent anger
: wild and dangerous force

fury

noun
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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