Definition of furor in English:


(British furore)


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

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


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