fury

[ fyoor-ee ]
/ ˈfyʊər i /

noun, plural fu·ries.

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.

Idioms

    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

SYNONYMS FOR fury

Can be confused

furore fury

Synonym study

1. See anger.
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British Dictionary definitions for furies (1 of 2)

Furies

/ (ˈfjʊərɪz) /

pl n singular Fury

classical myth the snake-haired goddesses of vengeance, usually three in number, who pursued unpunished criminalsAlso called: Erinyes, Eumenides

British Dictionary definitions for furies (2 of 2)

fury

/ (ˈfjʊərɪ) /

noun plural -ries

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 for fury

C14: from Latin furia rage, from furere to be furious
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Culture definitions for furies

Furies


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

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Idioms and Phrases with furies

fury


see hell has no fury like a woman scorned.

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