fu·ry | \ˈfyu̇r-ē, 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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After nearly 18 months in office, Trump finally visited the U.K. this week, allowing protesters who’ve been preparing more than a year for this to unleash their fury. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "The Crowds at London’s Anti-Trump Protests Were Enormous," 13 July 2018 Mr Ellison would unleash his indignant and ingenious fury on anyone who offended him, relishing every opportunity to rage at reactionaries and Republicans. The Economist, "Harlan Ellison died on June 27th," 5 July 2018 Last month London’s Mirror newspaper noted: Relatives of patients who died in the Gosport hospital scandal... told of their fury over the needless and avoidable deaths and demanded a police investigation. James Freeman, WSJ, "Yet Another Reason to Thank the Founding Fathers," 3 July 2018 And remember, post-Texas is when Newgarden began unleashing his full fury last year. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Scott Dixon scorching hot as IndyCar heads to Road America," 21 June 2018 Bill Belichick was screaming, his fury directed at the offense guided by Tom Brady. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "As Tom Brady returns to practice, Patriots QB falls short of Bill Belichick's standards," 5 June 2018 On Monday, Trump dragged Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to the White House to discuss his fury over l’affaire Halper. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "“Spygate,” the false allegation that the FBI had a spy in the Trump campaign, explained," 25 May 2018 All of those images are the haunting results of the Kilauea unleashing its fury. Carter Evans, CBS News, "Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano leaves path of destruction," 7 May 2018 This listener hung on her every note, for each note resonated and contributed to the larger portrait of a woman deceived by a potion but sincere in her fury, love, and ultimate anguish. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Orchestra brews potent concoction with concert account of 'Tristan and Isolde' (review)," 23 Apr. 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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English Language Learners Definition of fury

: violent anger

: wild and dangerous force


fu·ry | \ˈfyu̇r-ē \
plural furies

Kids Definition of fury

1 : violent anger : rage

2 : wild and dangerous force the fury of the storm

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