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Origin: L. Furia, fr. Furere to rage: cf. F. Furie. Cf. Furor.

1. Violent or extreme excitement; overmastering agitation or enthusiasm. Her wit began to be with a divine fury inspired.

2. 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. (Shak)

3. The avenging deities, Tisiphone, Alecto, and Megaera; 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. (Emerson)

4. One of the Parcae, or fates, especially. Atropos. Comes the blind fury with the abhorred shears, And slits the thin-spun life. (Milton)

5. A stormy, turbulent violent woman; a hag; a vixen; a virago; a termagant.

Synonym: anger, indignation, resentment, wrath, ire, rage, vehemence, violence, fierceness, turbulence, madness, frenzy. See anger.