Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Violent anger; rage. synonym: anger.
  • noun A fit of anger.
  • noun Violent or frenzied action.
  • noun A violent disturbance or intense period of activity:
  • noun Greek & Roman Mythology Any of the spirits who pursue and torment the doers of unavenged crimes, identified with the Greek Erinyes.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To infuriate; agitate violently.
  • noun Extreme anger or rage; anger or wrath which overrides all self-control; a storm of anger; madness.
  • noun Violent or impetuous action of any kind; vehement manifestation of force; violence.
  • noun Enthusiasm; inspired or frenzied excitement of the mind.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Hence A minister or a concentrated manifestation of vengeance; an avenging or vengeful personality, principle, or action.
  • noun A thief.
  • noun Synonyms Vexation, Indignation, etc. See anger1 and Violence, vehemence, tempestuousness, fierceness, frenzy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English furie, from Old French, from Latin furia, from furere, to rage.]

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From the Latin furia ("rage")

Examples

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Heroes Man | SciFi, Fantasy & Horror Collectibles

  • 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.

    Film-Maker Banned from UK

  • 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

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

    Poll: Stimulus not working

  • 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

  • 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

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

    March 5, 2007

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

    March 5, 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

  • 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

  • Great quote.

    September 7, 2007

  • Indeed. One of my favorites.

    September 8, 2007

  • Joey Newton. See A Horse is a Horse

    February 1, 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

  • “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