n. pl. fu·ries
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).
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.]
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