- unrestrained or violent anger, rage, passion, or the like: The gods unleashed their fury on the offending mortal.
- violence; vehemence; fierceness: the fury of a hurricane; a fury of creative energy.
- Furies, Classical Mythology. minor female divinities: the daughters of Gaea who punished crimes at the instigation of the victims: known to the Greeks as the Erinyes or Eumenides and to the Romans as the Furiae or Dirae. Originally there were an indefinite number, but were later restricted to Alecto, Megaera, and Tisiphone.
- a fierce and violent person, especially a woman: She became a fury when she felt she was unjustly accused.
- like fury, Informal. violently; intensely: It rained like fury.
Origin of fury
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Examples from the Web for furies
But it turns out The Furies of Maidan is not a figment of his imagination.Want a Good Look at Putin’s Pervy Propaganda? See ‘The Furies of Maidan’
April 25, 2014
Like the Furies, the Cheneys stand for unreason and emotionalism.Cheney Blood Lust
October 22, 2009
Until the furies got hold of him he was a simple soul, content with simple things.Viviette
William J. Locke
I can think of many parts I should prefer playing to that of the Furies.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
He looked as if he had known all the degradations and all the furies.The Nigger Of The "Narcissus"
The Fates and the Furies exchanged glances of astonishment and horror.The Infernal Marriage
The furies were so dreaded that few dared so much as to name them.Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology
Charles K. Dillaway
- classical myth the snake-haired goddesses of vengeance, usually three in number, who pursued unpunished criminalsAlso called: Erinyes, Eumenides
- violent or uncontrolled anger; wild rage
- an outburst of such anger
- uncontrolled violencethe fury of the storm
- a person, esp a woman, with a violent temper
- See Furies
- like fury informal violently; furiouslythey rode like fury
Word Origin and History for furies
late 14c., "fierce passion," from Old French furie (14c.), from Latin furia "violent passion, rage, madness," related to furere "to rage, be mad." Romans used Furiæ to translate Greek Erinyes, the collective name for the avenging deities sent from Tartarus to punish criminals (in later accounts three in number and female). Hence, figuratively, "an angry woman" (late 14c.).
In classical mythology, hideous female monsters who relentlessly pursued evildoers.