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[fyoo r-ee] /ˈfyʊər i/
noun, plural furies.
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
1325-75; Middle English < Latin furia rage, equivalent to fur(ere) to be angry, rage + -ia -y2
Can be confused
furore, fury.
1. ire, wrath. 2. turbulence.
Synonym Study
1. See anger. Unabridged
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plural noun (sing) Fury
(classical myth) the snake-haired goddesses of vengeance, usually three in number, who pursued unpunished criminals Also called Erinyes, Eumenides


noun (pl) -ries
violent or uncontrolled anger; wild rage
an outburst of such anger
uncontrolled violence: the fury of the storm
a person, esp a woman, with a violent temper
See Furies
(informal) like fury, violently; furiously: they rode like fury
Word Origin
C14: from Latin furia rage, from furere to be furious
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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.).

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Furies definition

In classical mythology, hideous female monsters who relentlessly pursued evildoers.

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