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[fyoo r-ee-uh s] /ˈfyʊər i əs/
full of fury, violent passion, or rage; extremely angry; enraged:
He was furious about the accident.
intensely violent, as wind or storms.
of unrestrained energy, speed, etc.:
furious activity.
Origin of furious
First recorded in 1300-50; Middle English word from Latin word furiōsus. See fury, -ous
Related forms
furiously, adverb
furiousness, noun Unabridged
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  • He tears the document, and throws the pieces about furiously.

  • It was high time, for the bears were furiously engaged in the work of demolition.

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
  • The sound of a horse at a gallop came fast and furiously up the hill.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • Coryston had been furiously angry when the terms of his father's will were revealed.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • I was furiously angry with her, but I was more angry with myself.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for furiously


extremely angry or annoyed; raging
violent, wild, or unrestrained, as in speed, vigour, energy, etc
Derived Forms
furiously, adverb
furiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for furiously

1550s, from furious + -ly (2).



late 14c., from Old French furieus (14c., Modern French furieux), from Latin furiosus "full of rage, mad," from furia "rage, passion, fury." Furioso, from the Italian form of the word, was used in English 17c.-18c. for "an enraged person," probably from Ariosto's "Orlando Furioso."

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