Definitions

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

  • n. Violent anger; rage. See Synonyms at anger.
  • n. Violent, uncontrolled action; turbulence.
  • n. Greek & Roman Mythology The three terrible winged goddesses with serpentine hair, Alecto, Megaera, and Tisiphone, who pursue and punish doers of unavenged crimes.
  • n. A woman regarded as angry or spiteful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Extreme anger.
  • n. Strength or violence in action.
  • n. An angry or malignant person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A thief.
  • n. Violent or extreme excitement; overmastering agitation or enthusiasm.
  • n. Violent anger; extreme wrath; rage; -- sometimes applied to inanimate things, as the wind or storms; impetuosity; violence.
  • n. pl. (Greek Myth.) The avenging deities, Tisiphone, Alecto, and Megæra; the Erinyes or Eumenides.
  • n. One of the Parcæ, or Fates, esp. Atropos.
  • n. A stormy, turbulent violent woman; a hag; a vixen; a virago; a termagant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Extreme anger or rage; anger or wrath which overrides all self-control; a storm of anger; madness.
  • n. Violent or impetuous action of any kind; vehement manifestation of force; violence.
  • n. Enthusiasm; inspired or frenzied excitement of the mind.
  • n. In classical mythology, one of the avenging deities, called in Greek mythology the Erinyes or, by euphemism, Eumenides, and by the Romans the Furiæ or Diræ, daughters of Earth or of Night, represented as fearful maidens, often winged, and with serpents twined in their hair, clad in dusky garments girdled with red.
  • n. Hence A minister or a concentrated manifestation of vengeance; an avenging or vengeful personality, principle, or action.
  • n. A thief.
  • n. Synonyms Vexation, Indignation, etc. See anger1 and Violence, vehemence, tempestuousness, fierceness, frenzy.
  • To infuriate; agitate violently.

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

  • n. (classical mythology) the hideous snake-haired monsters (usually three in number) who pursued unpunished criminals
  • n. a feeling of intense anger
  • n. state of violent mental agitation
  • n. the property of being wild or turbulent

Etymologies

Middle English furie, from Old French, from Latin furia, from furere, to rage.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin furia ("rage") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • CNN you have to admit. .his fury is up, and rightly so.

    Poll: Stimulus not working

  • I confess it is long since I have eaten my heart in fury, in impatience, in wildness, but last night we awoke the radical in one another.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • And one sits and listens to the perpetual roar, and watches the unending procession, and feels tiny and fragile before this tremendous force expressing itself in fury and foam and sound.

    Excerpt From Cruise of the Snark: Surfing in Hawaii

  • In a statement, they said, They react in fury and menace to our intention to show the film and have boasted that their threats of aggressive demonstrations prevented its previous showing in the Mother of Parliaments.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • Even moving on the widest hell, brave warriors still risk war fire toward in fury battle.

    Heroes Man | SciFi, Fantasy & Horror Collectibles

  • This week's object of online fury is Malcom Gladwell's take on "Facebook activism," which, he writes, "succeeds not by motivating people to make a real sacrifice but by motivating them to do the things that people do when they are not motivated enough to make a real sacrifice."

    Sam Graham-Felsen: What Gladwell Got Wrong: Beyond "Like Button" Activism

  • At times like those, we can pound the walls in fury and frustration, or embrace the things that make life worth living, plunge headfirst into activities and passions that fulfill those empty places.

    2009 March « Becca’s Byline

  • That Longinus sees the use of this figuration as "daring" on the poet's part, and that Homer himself presents it as enacted "in fury," points us to three other quirks that can be identified in the deontic and boulomaic modalities of the import, which is to say in terms of how this figuration exploits the audience's sense of ethical duties and emotional affinities/antipathies.

    Archive 2010-03-01

  • [T] here are many examples of the sublime which are independent of passion, such as the daring words of Homer with regard to the Aloadae, to take one out of numberless instances, "Yea, Ossa in fury they strove to upheave on Olympus on high,/With forest-clad Pelion above, that thence they might step to the sky."

    On the Sublime

  • So much of white male right-wing fury is tied up in “size” issues.

    Think Progress » Erickson: I’ll ‘pull out my wife’s shotgun’ if someone comes to my door for the American Community Survey.

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  • “The North American FJ-2/-3/-4 Fury were a series of swept-wing carrier-capable fighters for the United States Navy and Marine Corps.�? More on Wikipedia.

    December 30, 2008

  • "Fury takes ferocity to a whole new level. At 5-feet, 8-inches, she is a maelstrom of raw aggression and the epitome of the female gladiator. Equally balanced in speed and strength... Hell hath no fury like, Fury. Period."

    (Official biography on the NBC American Gladiators website)

    September 6, 2008

  • Joey Newton. See A Horse is a Horse

    February 1, 2008

  • Indeed. One of my favorites.

    September 8, 2007

  • Great quote.

    September 7, 2007

  • Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
    To the last syllable of recorded time;
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
    And then is heard no more. It is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
    Signifying nothing." — Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 5)

    September 6, 2007

  • Well, this feisty chihuahua did have a "band," so to speak (fellow chihuahuas), but I'm not sure they ever came up with a name. ;-)

    March 5, 2007

  • I think feisty chihuahua should be the name of a band.

    March 5, 2007

  • I used to live with a rather feisty chihuahua whom we nicknamed "Eleven Pounds of Fury."

    March 5, 2007