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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Synonyms & Antonyms for fury


anger, angriness, birse [chiefly Scottish], choler, furor, indignation, irateness, ire, lividity, lividness, mad, madness, mood [archaic], outrage, rage, spleen, wrath, wrathfulness


delight, pleasure

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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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The formalism of Thom Browne’s suiting might not seem analogous to the freedom and fury of the sports world, but Browne’s great strength as a designer is the ability to seamlessly shift between strict and spirited. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Thom Browne’s New Golf Capsule Collection Is a Stroke Above the Rest," 30 Oct. 2018 Our star provides the energy for all the dynamic movement of the solar system, enabling life itself—but that energy could just as easily wipe us out in a flash of fire and fury. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The New Science of the Sun Will Be Astounding—And Possibly Terrifying," 9 Aug. 2018 Remember her eyes, her softness, but remember her fury, too. Shelly Oria, Longreads, "How to Be Single," 2 July 2018 As the scientific community rose up in fury against Lander for his admiring remarks to Watson at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, no scientist was as unrelenting as Eisen. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "He takes on Eric Lander, and the scientific establishment. ‘This is who I am. I get angry.’," 16 May 2018 The groom comes in drunk, thinks the staff is stealing from them, shouts at the staff in a pit of drunk fury and our lovely, intern staff member goes off crying. Caralynn Lippo, Redbook, "12 Wedding Professionals Reveal Exactly How They Knew a Marriage Was Doomed," 3 Apr. 2017 The narratives span the marijuana anxiety of the 1930s, the psychedelic trips at the ’60s, the cocaine furies of the ’80s and the meth labs at the turn of century. Jeffrey Fleishman, latimes.com, "Director Gus Van Sant continues his longtime exploration of addiction and recovery with 'Don’t Worry'," 6 July 2018 Image In a movie that feeds on the fury of women, Inga (Edda Bjorgvinsdottir), is by far the scariest. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: An Icelandic Suburb Hides Deep Dysfunction ‘Under the Tree’," 5 July 2018 Staff travelled to France next day although after completing the medical, Liverpool decided to pull out of the transfer – much to the fury of Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas. SI.com, "Journalist Reveals There Has Been No Further Contact Between Liverpool & Lyon Over Nabil Fekir," 2 July 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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