Definition of furious in English:



  • 1Extremely angry.

    ‘he was furious when he learned about it’
    • ‘The party membership will be furious at being diverted from the real enemy, which is Labour.’
    • ‘Another tale has it that several co-workers are furious at my caricaturing them on one post.’
    • ‘The fans were furious at such a suggestion and several said they would rip up their membership cards if it were to happen.’
    • ‘Trinity councillor Tony Lambert has been to inspect the hole and is furious at the lack of action.’
    • ‘We were about to ask for a table for dinner, but furious at being treated so rudely we just walked out.’
    • ‘The conductors are furious at huge rises given to train drivers in a bid to solve a crippling shortage.’
    • ‘The departments are furious at the misuse being made of their facilities.’
    • ‘A smoke bomb attack has left traders furious at the rising level of Witham youth crime.’
    • ‘They are furious at school rules that forbid kissing, hugging, and holding hands.’
    • ‘Aston Villa manager Graham Taylor was furious at the way his team had fallen off the pace in the second half.’
    • ‘A new home owner furious at faults with the construction has put up a warning notice to other potential buyers.’
    • ‘Rifkind is furious at public suggestions that he is preparing to go in with Clarke, but the ground has been laid.’
    • ‘Critics of fish farming are furious at what they consider to be an attempt to hoodwink the public.’
    • ‘The mother is furious at the police. Does she take no responsibility in this matter at all?’
    • ‘Insiders at the town hall say the council is furious at the move, which will wreck hopes of a massive jobs boom.’
    • ‘They are furious at the limited options offered by Wandsworth Council for the Woking Close site.’
    • ‘I have known from day one about there being no seatbelts and I am furious at the British Forces.’
    • ‘If so, no wonder David Blunkett is reported to be furious at the publication of Archer's book.’
    • ‘If anything, the public is furious at Blunkett for not being heavy enough.’
    • ‘Linda Bennet is not the only one to be furious at the continuing loss of trees in Bexley and particularly Welling.’
    enraged, raging, infuriated, very angry, inflamed, incandescent, fuming, boiling, seething, incensed, irate, frenzied, in a frenzy, raving mad, mad, maddened, ranting, raving, wrathful, in a temper, beside oneself
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  • 2Full of anger or energy; violent or intense.

    ‘he drove at a furious speed’
    • ‘One time I was forced to get into a furious argument to stop my cover being blown.’
    • ‘He accelerates the images until they reach a furious speed resulting in a new kind of film space.’
    • ‘A furious Victor stormed back out of the Diary Room to square up to her and had to be restrained by Stuart.’
    • ‘Nikki was spotted having a furious argument with Danny outside the set of the show.’
    • ‘I needed to pace for a few minutes in order to get rid of some of the furious energy.’
    • ‘As in gladiatorial chariot races, the pace is furious and the tricks dirty.’
    • ‘When Paddy found out he was furious and stormed back into the office for an explanation.’
    • ‘Are there really two distinct things operating in Medea, her plans and her furious anger?’
    fierce, wild, violent
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Late Middle English: from Old French furieus, from Latin furiosus, from furia ‘fury’.