Definition of fury in English:



  • 1mass noun Wild or violent anger.

    ‘tears of fury and frustration’
    ‘Rachel shouted, beside herself with fury’
    • ‘Can I explain the extreme fury and violation I felt at that moment?’
    • ‘His enemies in high places could only gnash their teeth in fury and wait for him to make a mistake or go away and leave them alone.’
    • ‘It was a deserted hallway, so I squeaked in alarm when she spun around a corner to face me, her face contorted in fury.’
    • ‘He got up and stamped his feet in fury, pulling his hair in angry humiliation.’
    • ‘The younger girl shook with anger, her face contorted in fury as she demanded Mrs. Opanir confess her secret.’
    • ‘Unionist politicians reacted in fury to the court's ruling.’
    • ‘The net result is that often passengers arrive home late, in fury and bursting for a pee.’
    • ‘Howling in agony, the monster recoiled and twisted away, flailing in fury.’
    • ‘Either laid back or ignorant, Americans did not react to issues of genetically modified foods or cloning with the fury of Europeans.’
    • ‘He quickly turned around, glaring at the younger woman in fury.’
    • ‘So we have some people stopping compliantly while others erupt in fury at the idiots in front of them braking for no reason.’
    • ‘The demon screamed in fury as he flew through the air, before smashing through a tree and finally, sliding to a halt.’
    • ‘I thumped the mahogany table in fury and told Peat to take a letter for the prime minister.’
    • ‘Then she started inching towards me screaming in fury; I saw her hands were pointed towards me with very long crooked nails.’
    • ‘Suddenly, he roared in fury, as he picked my entire body up from the ground and hurled me onto the hood of the burning truck.’
    • ‘The special committee decided after two hours of deliberation to consult on making the ban permanent, to the fury of many.’
    • ‘Emma's face is red with anger, her eyes flash in fury and her hair seems to have bushed out with rage.’
    • ‘She screamed in fury and then ran out of the room, hands over her ears as if she could hear someone screaming or maybe laughing at her.’
    • ‘A white hot anger flared through him as he screamed in fury.’
    • ‘In particular, Western sexual freedom puts them under intolerable pressure, and they lash out in fury against us.’
    rage, anger, wrath, passion, outrage, spleen, temper, savagery, frenzy, madness
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    1. 1.1a fury A surge of violent anger or other strong feeling.
      ‘in a fury, he lashed the horse on’
      • ‘By now, it was at the bottom of the hill, blood gushing from its wounds, its anger now a frantic fury.’
      • ‘You only had to witness Ferguson work himself into a fury over Ronaldo's participation in the Olympics to gauge the Portuguese's importance to the team.’
      • ‘And then, I felt a fury erupt inside of me.’
      • ‘I could feel myself building with anger, a cold fury; an anger that left me trembling from head to toe with my heart racing in my chest.’
      • ‘He shouted, kicking around the crates in a blind fury, rage coursing through his already angered veins.’
      • ‘He hated the right-wing media with a fury he rarely chose to disguise, an anger which led him to forbid access to columnists and reporters of the right.’
      • ‘He was known as a ruthless man whose anger could turn into a raging fury.’
      • ‘The woman ran out in a fury, picked up the animal, and flung it savagely into the kennel.’
      • ‘The young man's eyes burned with a fury and fierce protectiveness.’
  • 2mass noun Extreme strength or violence in an action or a natural phenomenon.

    ‘the fury of a gathering storm’
    ‘she was paddling with a new fury’
    • ‘In Galle's harbor, just a few damaged boats serve as a reminder of the fury of the waves.’
    • ‘They pushed opened the door revealing the full fury of the passing storm.’
    • ‘The violence of long and bloody sieges, and the subsequent sacking of cities, is often compared to the devastating fury of the forces of nature.’
    • ‘The tsunami should open our eyes to the reality that no force on earth can fight against the fury of sea.’
    • ‘The beauty of our surroundings matches the fury of the stream.’
    • ‘Iverson played with what appeared to be a reckless fury, as if he could only exorcise his demons on the basketball court.’
    • ‘On the morning of May 5 their boat started feeling the fury of the storm.’
    • ‘Instead I stared out the windows, which rattled even louder in the mounting fury of the storm.’
    • ‘Turner lashed himself to masts in order to witness the fury of storms at sea, and he was fascinated by shipwrecks.’
    • ‘It was distant, full of the fury of a tempest on the sea, but it was Carmel's voice speaking through to him.’
    • ‘North of Fairwater, all the way to Ripon, it appears the trees did not feel the fury of our storm.’
    • ‘The land and its colours, moods, and furies possess the people of Charleville in South West Queensland.’
    • ‘The stone is still there, split in half by the fury of the corporal's sword.’
    • ‘I hadn't imagined I would have such an intimate contact with the raw fury of nature.’
    • ‘Suddenly, with an almighty fury, she punched me violently in the back with incredible force.’
    fierceness, ferocity, violence, turbulence, tempestuousness, savagery
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  • 3Greek Mythology
    A spirit of punishment, often represented as one of three goddesses who pronounced curses on the guilty and inflicted famines and pestilences. The Furies were identified at an early date with the Eumenides.

    • ‘The Eumenides shows the Furies in pursuit of Orestes, who is protected by the younger god Apollo.’
    • ‘Immediately after this, the avenging goddesses called Furies torment Orestes to the point of insanity.’
    • ‘The Furies represent a guilty conscience and Medusa represents stubbornness that turns the heart to stone.’
    • ‘In contrast to young Apollo and Athena, the Furies represent the primitive past that needs to be defeated and tamed in order for civilization to progress.’
    • ‘Judith removes the Furies - three goddesses sent to avenge crime and sin - from their classical context and situates them in our current social climate.’


  • like fury

    • informal With great energy or effort.

      ‘she fought like fury in his arms’
      • ‘Ju had his left hand on the dome, hair standing on end as Ernie pumped the handle like fury.’
      • ‘In other words, people were making their own entertainment like it had never gone out of style; there was a very strong sense of local networks, a circuit of people who had dinner parties with one another, and gossiped like fury.’
      • ‘We are doing our best to provide as robust a service as possible in the circumstances and out timetablers will be working like fury over the weekend to get the information out as soon as we have it from Railtrack.’
      • ‘We had to battle like fury to save ourselves from going back down to Division Three after only two seasons.’
      • ‘If not, stand really well back from the pan, as it spits like fury.’
      • ‘Matty was well in the lead, pedalling like fury, increasing speed so he could make it through to the other side all in one go.’
      • ‘Don't buy warranties on products from the big name manufacturers; but complain like fury if they do go wrong.’
      • ‘When I'm most conflicted about life and myself, my displacement activity is to work like fury.’
      • ‘Matt pedalled like fury, and as the rope went taut, the rest of the lads gave me a hearty shove-off, chasing us down the hill whooping and shouting.’
      • ‘It still squeals like fury when I first drive it in the morning when the engine is cold, just as the last pump did and then continued to do off and on even after the van had warmed up.’


Late Middle English: from Old French furie, from Latin furia, from furiosus ‘furious’, from furere ‘be mad, rage’.