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furor

or (especially British) furore (for defs 1, 2)

[fyoo r-awr, -er] /ˈfyʊər ɔr, -ər/
noun
1.
a general outburst of enthusiasm, excitement, controversy, or the like.
2.
a prevailing fad, mania, or craze.
3.
fury; rage; madness.
Origin of furor
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; < Latin: a raging; replacing late Middle English fureor < Middle French
Can be confused
furore, fury.
Synonyms
1, 3. frenzy, uproar, commotion, turmoil.
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  • The furor had its effect in stimulating a desire everywhere on the part of everybody to see and hear the phonograph.

    Edison, His Life and Inventions Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin
  • When the 'furor uterinus' seized her, nothing could keep her back.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • While these fled, disaster fell upon the two torpedo-boat destroyers, Pluton and furor.

  • Then Pacific Mail was going at 66 and the brokers were again in a furor.

    Halsey & Co. H. K. Shackleford
  • In his seventeenth year he made a furor by his playing at the Concerts Spirituels, Paris.

    The Standard Cantatas George P. Upton
Word Origin and History for furor
n.

late 15c., from Middle French fureur, from Latin furor "a ravaging, rage, madness, passion;" related to furia "rage, passion, fury" (see fury).

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