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 plaguesb : an avenging spiritc : one who resembles an avenging spirit; especially : a spiteful woman
3 : extreme fierceness or violence
4 : a state of inspired exaltation : frenzy
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 of fury from the Web
Prosecutors say that after years of quietly spewing his anger on social media, the 35-year-old acted on his fury last week on a light-rail train.
One person who felt Kramer's fury was Dr. Anthony Fauci, of the National Institutes of Health, who acknowledges ACT-UP's contribution.
After years of spewing anger, prosecutors say, Christian acted on his fury last week aboard a light-rail train.
This year's team has played with a fury and intensity to wipe out that harsh memory.
Damaging revelations about Loehmann’s prior police career added to the fury.
In the closest thing to a straight man in the movie, Bloom attacks his role with the pent-up fury of a man who only hates pirates because pirate blood races in his veins.
The shootings sparked fury in Honduras, where protesters burned government buildings and demanded the expulsion of DEA agents.
Take rapid detox for heroin addiction, a treatment that fast provoked fury.
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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.”
Origin and Etymology of fury
Middle English furie, from Latin furia, from furere to rage
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of fury
FURY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fury for English Language Learners
: violent anger
: wild and dangerous force
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