Definition of furor in English:


(British furore)


  • 1An outbreak of public anger or excitement.

    ‘the article raised a furor among mathematicians’
    • ‘The troubled history of Egyptian - Iraqi relations was an added reason for both the public and press furor.’
    • ‘The stalling of the project has caused a public furore in Waitara, which has high levels of unemployment.’
    • ‘In the public furore that followed that comment, Abbott retreated from this position.’
    • ‘Rather than promoting careful analysis of the ruling and rational debate, pronouncements by religious and political leaders magnified public furor.’
    • ‘Oh, heavens to Betsy, what a furor, what a to-do, what a downright brouhaha.’
    • ‘The whole furore happened when the public hadn't heard the song.’
    • ‘Now, the day after I see uproar, furor and indignant articles across the various news sites I read.’
    • ‘The BBC news site today has a surprisingly long article on the current furore surrounding London postcodes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are hoping to take advantage of the public anger and media furor generated by the first of Gomery's two reports.’
    • ‘The authorities were worried about a public furor, and suggested the incident was caused by a lightning strike.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 public furore over the future of the road continued on Monday as residents voiced their views at a public meeting.’
    • ‘The publication of the government's submission provoked another public furore.’
    • ‘‘The media furor over Kerrey's role in Vietnam has been very limited, and is now beginning to abate,’ we wrote.’
    • ‘They chose to keep mum then and now are raising a furore over bad roads.’
    • ‘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.’
    commotion, uproar, outcry, disturbance, hubbub, hurly-burly, fuss, upset, tumult, brouhaha, palaver, to-do, pother, turmoil, tempest, agitation, pandemonium, confusion
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    1. 1.1archaic A wave of enthusiastic admiration; a craze.


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