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[fyoo r-awr, -er]
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  1. a general outburst of enthusiasm, excitement, controversy, or the like.
  2. a prevailing fad, mania, or craze.
  3. fury; rage; madness.
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Also especially British, fu·rore (for defs 1, 2).

Origin of furor

1425–75; < Latin: a raging; replacing late Middle English fureor < Middle French
Can be confusedfurore fury


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1, 3. frenzy, uproar, commotion, turmoil.
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late 15c., from Middle French fureur, from Latin furor "a ravaging, rage, madness, passion;" related to furia "rage, passion, fury" (see fury).

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