Definition of furore in English:


(US furor)

Pronunciation: /ˌfjʊ(ə)ˈrɔː//ˌfjʊ(ə)ˈrɔːri/


  • 1[in singular] An outbreak of public anger or excitement.

    ‘the verdict raised a furore over the role of courtroom psychiatry’
    • ‘In the public furore that followed that comment, Abbott retreated from this position.’
    • ‘The whole furore happened when the public hadn't heard the song.’
    • ‘The troubled history of Egyptian - Iraqi relations was an added reason for both the public and press furor.’
    • ‘Now, the day after I see uproar, furor and indignant articles across the various news sites I read.’
    • ‘The public furore over the future of the road continued on Monday as residents voiced their views at a public meeting.’
    • ‘They chose to keep mum then and now are raising a furore over bad roads.’
    • ‘Town leaders did not raise a furor, and dozens of families stood outside their homes watching the convoy as it rolled toward the battle site.’
    • ‘The publication of the government's submission provoked another public furore.’
    • ‘Both have maintained they have been hard-done by and both have stirred up a public furore over whether they are the victims of the justice system.’
    • ‘It caused such a furor among the seniors when they realized what it would cost, that they rebelled so loudly that we had to come back and repeal it almost immediately.’
    • ‘The authorities were worried about a public furor, and suggested the incident was caused by a lightning strike.’
    • ‘The BBC news site today has a surprisingly long article on the current furore surrounding London postcodes.’
    • ‘‘The media furor over Kerrey's role in Vietnam has been very limited, and is now beginning to abate,’ we wrote.’
    • ‘And while much has been made of the video's effects on a shocked Serbian public, it remains to be seen where that public will stand once the furor recedes.’
    • ‘Rather than promoting careful analysis of the ruling and rational debate, pronouncements by religious and political leaders magnified public furor.’
    • ‘They are hoping to take advantage of the public anger and media furor generated by the first of Gomery's two reports.’
    • ‘Unfortunately for the government, its sensitivity over Tung's public standing has been brought into focus by a furor over a researcher's freedom to gauge popular opinion.’
    • ‘Recent events like the Enron scandal and the furor over campaign finance are evidence that not much has changed and that politics and wealth inevitably interact and often conflict.’
    • ‘The stalling of the project has caused a public furore in Waitara, which has high levels of unemployment.’
    • ‘Oh, heavens to Betsy, what a furor, what a to-do, what a downright brouhaha.’
    commotion, uproar, outcry, disturbance, hubbub, hurly-burly, fuss, upset, tumult, brouhaha, palaver, to-do, pother, turmoil, tempest, agitation, pandemonium, confusion
    stir, excitement
    scandal, sensation
    song and dance, hoo-ha, hullabaloo, ballyhoo, hoopla, rumpus, flap, tizz, tizzy, tizz-woz, stink, performance, pantomime, scene
    carry-on, kerfuffle
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    1. 1.1archaic A wave of enthusiastic admiration; a craze.
      ‘it was little thought that they would excite such a furore among stamp collectors’


Late 18th century: from Italian, from Latin furor, from furere be mad, rage.