[fyoor-awr, -er]


a general outburst of enthusiasm, excitement, controversy, or the like.
a prevailing fad, mania, or craze.
fury; rage; madness.

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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esp US furor (ˈfjʊərɔː)


a public outburst, esp of protest; uproar
a sudden widespread enthusiasm for something; craze
frenzy; rage; madness

Word Origin for furore

C15: from Latin: frenzy, rage, from furere to rave
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Word Origin and History for furore

1790, Italian form of furor, borrowed originally in the sense "enthusiastic, popular admiration;" it later descended to mean the same thing as furor and lost its usefulness.



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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