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fury

Definitions

  • "I WAS FIGHTING FOR MY LIFE AMONGST A CROWD OF FURIES."
    "I WAS FIGHTING FOR MY LIFE AMONGST A CROWD OF FURIES."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fury the property of being wild or turbulent "the storm's violence"
    • n fury a feeling of intense anger "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned","his face turned red with rage"
    • n Fury (classical mythology) the hideous snake-haired monsters (usually three in number) who pursued unpunished criminals
    • n fury state of violent mental agitation
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The Fury waves her torch and stops the people at the banquet table eating The Fury waves her torch and stops the people at the banquet table eating

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fury A stormy, turbulent violent woman; a hag; a vixen; a virago; a termagant.
    • n Fury A thief. "Have an eye to your plate, for there be furies ."
    • Fury One of the Parcæ, or Fates, esp. Atropos. "Comes the blind Fury with the abhorred shears,
      And slits the thin-spun life."
    • Fury pl. Greek Myth The avenging deities, Tisiphone, Alecto, and Megæra; the Erinyes or Eumenides. "The Furies, they said, are attendants on justice, and if the sun in heaven should transgress his path would punish him."
    • Fury Violent anger; extreme wrath; rage; -- sometimes applied to inanimate things, as the wind or storms; impetuosity; violence. "Fury of the wind.""I do oppose my patience to his fury ."
    • Fury Violent or extreme excitement; overmastering agitation or enthusiasm. "Her wit began to be with a divine fury inspired."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fury Extreme anger or rage; anger or wrath which overrides all self-control; a storm of anger; madness.
    • n fury Violent or impetuous action of any kind; vehement manifestation of force; violence.
    • n fury Enthusiasm; inspired or frenzied excitement of the mind.
    • n fury 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. They dwelt in the depth of Tartarus, and, owing to their dread power of avenging wrong, whetherintentional or not, were feared by gods and men. According to fully developed Greek tradition, they were three in number and called Tisiphone, Alecto, and Megæra. They relentlessly punished crime, especially breaches of piety and hospitality, both before and after death. They were therefore also regarded as goddesses of fate, in common with the Parcæ; hence the use of the name in the extract from Milton.
    • n fury Hence A minister or a concentrated manifestation of vengeance; an avenging or vengeful personality, principle, or action.
    • n fury A thief.
    • n fury Synonyms Vexation, Indignation, etc. See anger1 and Violence, vehemence, tempestuousness, fierceness, frenzy.
    • fury To infuriate; agitate violently.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fury fū′ri rage: violent passion: madness:
    • n Fury fū′ri (myth.) one of the three goddesses of fate and vengeance, the Erinyes, or euphemistically Eumenides—Tisiphone, Alecto, and Megæra—hence a passionate, violent woman.
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Quotations

  • William Congreve
    William%20Congreve
    “Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.”
  • Francis Quarles
    Francis%20Quarles
    “Beware of him that is slow to anger; for when it is long coming, it is the stronger when it comes, and the longer kept. Abused patience turns to fury.”
  • Logan Pearsall Smith
    Logan%20Pearsall%20Smith
    “The vitality of a new movement in Art must be gauged by the fury it arouses.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    Bertrand%20Russell
    “Conventional people are roused to fury by departures from convention, largely because they regard such departures as a criticism of themselves.”
  • Joseph Addison
    Joseph%20Addison
    “I will indulge my sorrows, and give way to all the pangs and fury of despair.”
  • Dick Gregory
    Dick Gregory
    “Hell hath no fury like a liberal scorned.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. furia, fr. furere, to rage: cf. F. furie,. Cf. Furor
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. furie—L. furiafurĕre, to be angry.

Usage

In literature:

Large drops of rain began to fall and with a startling peal of thunder the tempest broke in its fury.
"Rabbi and Priest" by Milton Goldsmith
Then the storm in all its fury was upon them.
"Three Boys in the Wild North Land" by Egerton Ryerson Young
In fact she'll dance about with insatiable fury.
"Priscilla's Spies" by George A. Birmingham
The fury of the blast, however, had somewhat decreased, and the vessel appeared to be stationary.
"The Three Lieutenants" by W.H.G. Kingston
Scarcely had I thus settled this affair than down came the gale on us with a fury unexpected.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
The sun rose, and struck down with burning fury on our heads; and I knew, when the wind fell, it would be hotter still.
"Peter the Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
The first mate, as was to be expected, turned his fury upon me.
"My First Voyage to Southern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
The fury left the visitor, who, weak and overcome, fell upon a chair.
"The Ape, the Idiot & Other People" by W. C. Morrow
All unconscious of impending danger the boys slept peacefully, nor did they awake until the storm was upon them in all its fury.
"Canoe Boys and Campfires" by William Murray Graydon
What cared they now for the fury of the waves or the hardships of short rations?
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
He had no idea of bed; for sleep in his present state, his brain afire with the fury of unwonted defeat, would have been impossible.
"The Genius" by Margaret Horton Potter
The latter was indeed taken aback for a moment at the fury of his young assailant, impotent as it was, but that was all.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
Her bridegroom stabs her in his fury, but is at once seized by order of the King who just then comes upon the scene.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
The waters seemed to pounce with merciless fury, and struck with all their power.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
It lashed the ocean into a fury.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
Ferocity nearly inarticulate, fury almost apoplectic, were expressed by the face above the weather-worn rail.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
At that instant Zillah sprang to her feet and looked at him in a fury of passion.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
The sound of the hopping brought Mr. Ransome in a fury from the shop below.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
The pain shot through him like a lightning bolt, but in his fury he ignored it.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
In half a minute he was once more at the front, fighting with renewed fury, his head and back and shoulders covered with blood.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
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In poetry:

Their fury can't the treaty harm,
Their passion does my pity warm;
Their madness only calms my blood:
By doing hurt they do me good.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
He would rage in his fury, destroying;
Let him rage, let him roam!
Shall he traverse the pitiless mountain,
Or swim through the foam?
"Captivity" by Amy Levy
Earth's fury did upon him light:
How black was Herod's cruel spite!
Who to be sure of murd'ring one,
Lest he be spar'd, did pity none!
"The Believer's Soliloquy; Especially in Times of Desertion, Temptation, Affliction, &c." by Ralph Erskine
The tempest rages wilder still;
Upon the world its fury wreaks…
But lo! before the Abkhazi's door
A stranger stands and refuge seeks.
"Gamzrdeli" by Akaki Tsereteli
And then the knights on Guyon turn'd
Their fixed gaze, and shudder'd now;
For smother'd fury seem'd to bring
The dew-drops on his brow.
"The Dark Ladie" by Anne Bannerman
O! Thou eternal mystery,
Thou grand, sublime, though awful sea,
Alas, how oft thy fury smothers
The last fond hope of wives and mothers.
"Descriptive Voyage From New York To Aspinwall" by James Madison Bell

In news:

INGLEWOOD, Calif.—Carving beat Fury Kapcori by a half-length to win the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes for Olympic skier Bode Miller at Betfair Hollywood Park on Saturday.
Potential borders have been postulated all over the place, but so far it's been no more than sound and fury.
As the wind howled and rain slanted down amid Hurricane Sandy's fury, Magdelene was born at Meadowlands Medical Center last week.
Tyson Fury came out level on points with Kevin Johnson after the Belfast press conference for Saturday's big fight.
Antietam's sound and fury, without its carnage .
The second contains the rock fury of Bad Brains and At the Drive-In.
Hurricane Sandy might have saved its fullest fury for America's mid-Atlantic coast, but its earlier blows in the Caribbean wreaked havoc in Haiti.
They're usually Porsches: Fury first took flight in a 904, and more recent comics have featured a Boxster.
"But they can go like this in a fury.".
Let Fury Have the Hour.
Rock and roll hath no fury like the sound of Neil Young & Crazy Horse .
Wisconsin Fury enjoying summer playing AAU basketball.
Hell Hath No Fury is good, not so stout.
The Filth and the Fury .
Fury from gay rights advocates spurs government pledge to protect same-sex marriage.
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In science:

After much sound and fury, the vertically polarized Hilbert space will be identified simply with L2 (K, dx), where dx is Haar measure on K.
Geometric quantization and the generalized Segal-Bargmann transform for Lie groups of compact type
GZK-cutoff[3,4]) has generated a fury of theoretical and experimental work in the past half century.
Power Laws and the Cosmic Ray Energy Spectrum
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