furies

fury

[fyoor-ee]
noun, plural furies.
1.
unrestrained or violent anger, rage, passion, or the like: The gods unleashed their fury on the offending mortal.
2.
violence; vehemence; fierceness: the fury of a hurricane; a fury of creative energy.
3.
Furies, Classical Mythology. minor female divinities: the daughters of Gaea who punished crimes at the instigation of the victims: known to the Greeks as the Erinyes or Eumenides and to the Romans as the Furiae or Dirae. Originally there were an indefinite number, but were later restricted to Alecto, Megaera, and Tisiphone.
4.
a fierce and violent person, especially a woman: She became a fury when she felt she was unjustly accused.
Idioms
5.
like fury, Informal. violently; intensely: It rained like fury.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English < Latin furia rage, equivalent to fur(ere) to be angry, rage + -ia -y2

furore, fury.


1. ire, wrath. See anger. 2. turbulence.
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Furies (ˈfjʊərɪz)
 
pl n , sing Fury
classical myth Erinyes, Also called: Eumenides the snake-haired goddesses of vengeance, usually three in number, who pursued unpunished criminals

fury (ˈfjʊərɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  violent or uncontrolled anger; wild rage
2.  an outburst of such anger
3.  uncontrolled violence: the fury of the storm
4.  a person, esp a woman, with a violent temper
5.  See Furies
6.  informal like fury violently; furiously: they rode like fury
 
[C14: from Latin furia rage, from furere to be furious]

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fury
late 14c., "fierce passion," from O.Fr. furie, from L. furia "violent passion, rage, madness," related to furere "to rage, be mad." Romans used Furiæ to translate Gk. Erinyes, the collecting name for the avenging deities sent from Tartarus to punish criminals (in later accounts three in number
and female). Hence, figuratively, "an angry woman" (late 14c.).
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Cultural Dictionary

Furies definition


In classical mythology, hideous female monsters who relentlessly pursued evildoers.

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Fury definition


as attributed to God, is a figurative expression for dispensing afflictive judgments (Lev. 26:28; Job 20:23; Isa. 63:3; Jer. 4:4; Ezek. 5:13; Dan. 9:16; Zech. 8:2).

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