furies


noun, plural fu·ries.

  1. unrestrained or violent anger, rage, passion, or the like: The gods unleashed their fury on the offending mortal.
  2. violence; vehemence; fierceness: the fury of a hurricane; a fury of creative energy.
  3. Furies, Classical Mythology. minor female divinities: the daughters of Gaea who punished crimes at the instigation of the victims: known to the Greeks as the Erinyes or Eumenides and to the Romans as the Furiae or Dirae. Originally there were an indefinite number, but were later restricted to Alecto, Megaera, and Tisiphone.
  4. a fierce and violent person, especially a woman: She became a fury when she felt she was unjustly accused.
Idioms
  1. like fury, Informal. violently; intensely: It rained like fury.

pl n singular Fury

  1. classical myth the snake-haired goddesses of vengeance, usually three in number, who pursued unpunished criminalsAlso called: Erinyes, Eumenides

noun plural -ries

  1. violent or uncontrolled anger; wild rage
  2. an outburst of such anger
  3. uncontrolled violencethe fury of the storm
  4. a person, esp a woman, with a violent temper
  5. See Furies
  6. like fury informal violently; furiouslythey rode like fury
n.

late 14c., “fierce passion,” from Old French furie (14c.), from Latin furia “violent passion, rage, madness,” related to furere “to rage, be mad.” Romans used Furiæ to translate Greek Erinyes, the collective name for the avenging deities sent from Tartarus to punish criminals (in later accounts three in number and female). Hence, figuratively, “an angry woman” (late 14c.).

In classical mythology, hideous female monsters who relentlessly pursued evildoers.

see hell has no fury like a woman scorned.

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