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[fyoo r-ee-uh s] /ˈfyʊər i əs/
full of fury, violent passion, or rage; extremely angry; enraged:
He was furious about the accident.
intensely violent, as wind or storms.
of unrestrained energy, speed, etc.:
furious activity.
Origin of furious
1300-50; Middle English < Latin furiōsus. See fury, -ous
Related forms
furiously, adverb
furiousness, noun Unabridged
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  • Their summons was answered only by the furious barking of a dog.

    St. Winifred's Frederic W. Farrar
  • Then there was a furious clamor and a huge dog rushed at him.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • He was furious to find that he was still capable of fearing.

    The Kingdom Round the Corner Coningsby Dawson
  • Then, with a brusque movement of furious resolution, he disappeared in the night.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • What a furious thunder-storm came on just as night closed in!

    The Butterfly Book William Jacob Holland
British Dictionary definitions for furious


extremely angry or annoyed; raging
violent, wild, or unrestrained, as in speed, vigour, energy, etc
Derived Forms
furiously, adverb
furiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for furious

late 14c., from Old French furieus (14c., Modern French furieux), from Latin furiosus "full of rage, mad," from furia "rage, passion, fury." Furioso, from the Italian form of the word, was used in English 17c.-18c. for "an enraged person," probably from Ariosto's "Orlando Furioso."

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