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fu·ry

 (fyo͝or′ē)
n. pl. fu·ries
1.
a. Violent anger; rage. See Synonyms at anger.
b. A fit of anger: "I went into a fury and shouted in his face" (William Least Heat-Moon).
2.
a. Violent or frenzied action: the storm's fury.
b. A violent disturbance or intense period of activity: "The Huns ... moved into Italy, unleashing a fury of destruction" (Arther Ferrill).
3. Fury Greek & Roman Mythology Any of the spirits who pursue and torment the doers of unavenged crimes, identified with the Greek Erinyes.

[Middle English furie, from Old French, from Latin furia, from furere, to rage.]

fury

(ˈfjʊərɪ)
n, pl -ries
1. violent or uncontrolled anger; wild rage
2. an outburst of such anger
3. uncontrolled violence: the fury of the storm.
4. a person, esp a woman, with a violent temper
5. (Classical Myth & Legend) See Furies
6. like fury informal violently; furiously: they rode like fury.
[C14: from Latin furia rage, from furere to be furious]

fu•ry

(ˈfyʊər i)

n., pl. -ries.
1. unrestrained or violent anger, rage, passion, or the like.
2. violence; vehemence; fierceness: the fury of a hurricane.
3. Furies. female divinities of Greek myth who punished wrongdoing, esp. crimes committed against close relations.
4. a fierce and violent person, esp. a woman.
Idioms:
like fury, Informal. violently; intensely.
[1325–75; Middle English < Latin furia rage]
syn: See anger.
ire, rage, fury - Ire suggests greater intensity than anger, rage suggests loss of self-control, and fury is destructive rage verging on madness.
See also related terms for madness.

Fury

 

(See also ANGRINESS, ILL TEMPER, IRRITATION, VEXATION.)

bite [someone’s] head off To answer curtly or sharply out of anger or annoyance, to snap at in reply; also to bite or snap [someone’s] nose off. Although the nose was apparently the original object of the biting or snapping in this expression (predating head by nearly three centuries) head is more commonly heard today.

I … ask’d him if he was at leisure for his chocolate, … but he snap’d my nose off; no, I shall be busy here these two hours. (Susanna Centlivre, The Busybody, 1709)

blow a fuse To lose one’s temper; to become angry or violent; to respond emotionally and dramatically. These figurative meanings of blow a fuse allude to the fact that a fuse will blow if there is an overload on an electrical circuit. By the same token, a person can only stand so much before “reaching the breaking point” and “blowing up.”

Relax … or you’ll blow a fuse. (S. J. Perelman, Listen to the Mocking Bird, 1949)

To have or be on a short fuse is to be short-tempered, to be quick to blow a fuse.

blow a gasket To lose one’s temper. When the gasket sealing an automobile cylinder wears out, pressure in the cylinder cannot be contained and the contents spurt out. So too, when life is not running smoothly and patience has worn thin, the result is often uncontrollable, angry outbursts.

blow off steam To discharge suppressed feelings, especially resentment; to release tension by loud talking or shouting. This phrase alludes to actual steam engines, boilers, etc., which allow pressure to build up to a certain point, after which it is released forcibly and noisily. Figurative use of the phrase dates from the early 19th century.

The widow … sat … fuming and blowing off her steam. (Frederick Marryat, The Dog-Fiend, 1837)

blow one’s stack To be unable to contain one-self; to lose control. As a smokestack discharges smoke and soot, a fired-up person gives vent to angry, resentful words.

blow one’s top To lose control; to fly off the handle; to be unable to contain one-self; also blow one’s lid. This slang phrase plays on an analogy comparing the top of one’s head to a lid. When a container is about to burst because of the internal pressure, the lid will fly off to allow the pressure to escape. Similarly, when one can no longer bear the pressure of intense emotions building up, one “loses one’s head.”

He blew his top and lost his job and came bellyaching to Loraine. (John Steinbeck, The Wayward Bus, 1947)

duck-fit An outburst or fit of anger, a conniption fit. This American slang term, in use since at least 1900, is probably an allusion to the loud quacking of a mad duck.

fly off the handle To become furious, often suddenly and without warning; to lose self-control. The tendency of an ax blade to fly off its handle when forcefully struck against an object is the apparent origin of this expression. The current use of the phrase is almost exclusively in reference to loss of temper.

He reckoned you would … get good and mad, fly off the handle … (C. E. Mulford, Orphan, 1908)

hit the ceiling To be enraged, agitated, or violently angry; to lose one’s temper, to blow one’s top. This slang expression dates from the early 1900s. Currently, hit the roof is a frequently employed variant.

Larry hit the ceiling and said he had to come along, that he’d spoil everything if he didn’t. (E. Dundy, Dud Avocado, 1958)

slow burn Gradual intensification of anger; escalation from a low level of displeasure to a high pitch of rage. This originally U.S. colloquial phrase dates from the early 1900s. Wentworth and Flexner (Dictionary of American Slang) attribute the phrase to the 1930s comedian Leon Carroll who was apparently well known for his facial expression of that name. Slow burn referred to the gradual reddening of his face as he took on the image of an enraged man.

His slow burn at a Minnesota prof’s constant use of the name when he was a student…. (New Yorker, March 3, 1951)

This phrase is often heard in the longer expression do a slow burn.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fury - a feeling of intense angerfury - a feeling of intense anger; "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned"; "his face turned red with rage"
anger, ire, choler - a strong emotion; a feeling that is oriented toward some real or supposed grievance
wrath - intense anger (usually on an epic scale)
lividity - a state of fury so great the face becomes discolored
2.fury - state of violent mental agitationfury - state of violent mental agitation  
nympholepsy - a frenzy of emotion; as for something unattainable
manic disorder, mania - a mood disorder; an affective disorder in which the victim tends to respond excessively and sometimes violently
epidemic hysertia, mass hysteria - a condition in which a large group of people exhibit the same state of violent mental agitation
3.fury - the property of being wild or turbulentfury - the property of being wild or turbulent; "the storm's violence"
intensiveness, intensity - high level or degree; the property of being intense
savageness, savagery - the property of being untamed and ferocious; "the coastline is littered with testaments to the savageness of the waters"; "a craving for barbaric splendor, for savagery and color and the throb of drums"
4.Fury - (classical mythology) the hideous snake-haired monsters (usually three in number) who pursued unpunished criminals
classical mythology - the system of mythology of the Greeks and Romans together; much of Roman mythology (especially the gods) was borrowed from the Greeks
Alecto - one of the three Furies
Megaera - one of the three Furies
Tisiphone - one of the three Furies

fury

noun
1. anger, passion, rage, madness, frenzy, wrath, ire, red mist (informal), impetuosity She screamed, her face distorted with fury.
anger calm, composure, calmness, equanimity

fury

noun
1. Violent or unrestrained anger:
2. Exceptionally great concentration, power, or force, especially in activity:
3. A person, traditionally a woman, who persistently nags or criticizes:
Informal: battle-ax.
Translations
هَيَجان، غَضَب شَديد
vztekzuřivost
raseri
kiihkoraivovimma
ofsabræîi
įnirtingasįsiutęsįsiūtisįtūžęsįtūžis
niknumstrakums
bes

fury

[ˈfjʊərɪ] N [of person] → furia f, furor m; [of storm etc] → furia f
to be in a furyestar furioso
she flew into a furyse puso furiosa
she worked herself up into a furymontó en cólera
like furycon encono
the Furieslas Furias

fury

[ˈfjʊəri] nfureur f
in a fury → dans une colère noire

fury

n
(of person)Wut f; (of storm also)Ungestüm nt; (of struggle, wind, passion)Heftigkeit f; in a furywütend; she flew into a furysie kam in Rage; like fury (inf)wie verrückt (inf)
(Myth) the Furiesdie Furien pl

fury

[ˈfjʊərɪ] n (of storm, person) → furia, furore m
she flew into a fury → andò su tutte le furie
like fury (fam) → come una furia
she's a little fury → è una piccola furia
see also Furies

fury

(ˈfjuəri) plural ˈfuries noun
very great anger; rage. She was in a terrible fury.
ˈfurious adjective
1. very angry. She was furious with him about it.
2. violent. a furious argument.
like fury
with great effort, enthusiasm etc. She drove like fury.
References in classic literature ?
I was reading that everlasting Belsham, and droning away as I always do, for Aunt soon drops off, and then I take out some nice book, and read like fury till she wakes up.
Keep your hands to your- self," the saloon keeper had roared, dancing, with fury in the schoolhouse yard.
In silence, which was broken now only by a low and ominous rumble, more menacing than had been the awful fury of the elements, the travelers looked.
She was supine under a little oak, resting after the fury of her elder-hunting, and had taken off the high-heeled slippers she had been silly enough to wear.
Forbidden to stir even a hand, and almost afraid to breath, lest they should expose the frail fabric to the fury of the stream, the passengers watched the glancing waters in feverish suspense.
Harrod proposed to mount a number of horse, and furiously to rush upon the savages, who at this time fought with remarkable fury.
With a gesture of impotent fury, he dashed away in the direction of an equally excited crowd, that on a point of the slope nearer the island were gesticulating and shouting to a second group of men, who on the opposite shore were clambering on over the choked debris of the flume that had dammed and diverted the current.
But once Tashtego's senior, an old Gay-Head Indian among the crew, superstitiously asserted that not till he was full forty years old did Ahab become that way branded, and then it came upon him, not in the fury of any mortal fray, but in an elemental strife at sea.
The three boats, in the first fury of the whale's headlong rush, bumped the German's aside with such force, that both Derick and his baffled harpooneer were spilled out, and sailed over by the three flying keels.
Here, however, was a new religion-- one that did touch him, that took hold of every fiber of him; and with all the zeal and fury of a convert he went out as a missionary.
Legree, in a fury, swore she should be put to field service, if she would not be peaceable.
The king was in a flaming fury, and launched out his challenge and epithets with a most royal vigor.