Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Full of or characterized by extreme anger; raging.
  • adj. Suggestive of extreme anger in action or appearance; fierce. See Synonyms at angry.
  • adj. Full of activity; energetic or rapid: the furious pace of the trading floor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Transported with passion or fury; raging; violent; as, a furious animal.
  • adj. Rushing with impetuosity; moving with violence; as, a furious stream; a furious wind or storm.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Transported with passion or fury; raging; violent.
  • adj. Rushing with impetuosity; moving with violence

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of fury; transported with passion; raging; violent: as, a furious animal.
  • Mad; frenzied; insane.
  • Marked by fury or impetuosity; impelled by or moving with violence; vehement; boisterous: as, a furious blow; a furious wind or storm.
  • Synonyms Impetuous, flerce, frantic, tumultuous, turbulent, tempestuous, stormy, angry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of the elements) as if showing violent anger
  • adj. marked by extreme anger
  • adj. marked by extreme and violent energy

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French furieus, from Latin furiōsus, from furia, fury; see fury.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Jonah advanced on her, his expression furious enough to make Sorcha cringe.

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  • Former Health Minister George Smitherman earned the moniker "furious George" during a round of earlier fractious negotiations in 2005.

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  • He dodged the attack of her boots, his expression furious, eyes like ice, the flame at the center twisting blue-cold.

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  • Isabelle stood behind him, her expression furious.

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  • English doesn't have the equivalent of enojadísimo, but "furious" is a better translation than "very angry."

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  • Chase's eyes glared into his, his expression furious, his dark face twisted into lines of pain.

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  • Dios, his face pale, his expression furious, was struggling to hold his temper.

    Lord of the Silver Bow

  • Phillips was first at his typewriter, working it like a machine-gun, in short, furious spasms of word-fire.

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  • Diana, however, has certainly seen Actaeon, her expression furious, her black servant tugging at the velvet cloth that could have lent her mistress modesty.

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  • At times when his aides were describing him as "furious" - especially with the administration of George W. Bush - de Boer kept his public comments so modulated that it sounded like praise.

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