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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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  • Maybe she was so furious after her wild afternoon that she vented on the egg.
  • The budget-induced elimination of some journals hasn't left faculty furious or led to penalties from publishers, librarians say.
  • The well-conditioned thin are made furious by the fatties-the abstemious being singularly disposed to fury.
  • Everybody's furious about the bonuses being paid out to finance folks, but nobody quite knows what to do about it.
  • Battling furious winds and rain, a team of cavers explores a bleak island at the bottom of the world.
  • They lived with a furious energy-amid clamoring noise and children in doorways.
  • The motivation to innovate is pressing forward at a furious pace.
  • The famous climber sprang into furious counterattack.
  • Our makeshift campsite was blown to tatters by the backwash of the furious blades.
  • The two blue devices emit a furious cerulean with the slightest hint of violet.
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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