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’
    • ‘Oh, heavens to Betsy, what a furor, what a to-do, what a downright brouhaha.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The stalling of the project has caused a public furore in Waitara, which has high levels of unemployment.’
    • ‘‘The media furor over Kerrey's role in Vietnam has been very limited, and is now beginning to abate,’ we wrote.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The BBC news site today has a surprisingly long article on the current furore surrounding London postcodes.’
    • ‘In the public furore that followed that comment, Abbott retreated from this position.’
    • ‘The publication of the government's submission provoked another public furore.’
    • ‘They chose to keep mum then and now are raising a furore over bad roads.’
    • ‘They are hoping to take advantage of the public anger and media furor generated by the first of Gomery's two reports.’
    • ‘Now, the day after I see uproar, furor and indignant articles across the various news sites I read.’
    • ‘The authorities were worried about a public furor, and suggested the incident was caused by a lightning strike.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The public furore over the future of the road continued on Monday as residents voiced their views at a public meeting.’
    • ‘Rather than promoting careful analysis of the ruling and rational debate, pronouncements by religious and political leaders magnified public furor.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.