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furies


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Furies  \Fu"ries\,  n.  pl 
  See  {Fury},  3. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fury  \Fu"ry\,  n.;  pl  {Furies}.  [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. 
  --Sir  P. 
  Sidney. 
 
  2.  Violent  anger;  extreme  wrath;  rage;  --  sometimes  applied 
  to  inanimate  things  as  the  wind  or  storms;  impetuosity; 
  violence.  ``Fury  of  the  wind.''  --Shak. 
 
  I  do  oppose  my  patience  to  his  fury.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  pl  (Greek  Myth.)  The  avenging  deities,  Tisiphone,  Alecto, 
  and  Meg[ae]ra;  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  Parc[ae],  or  Fates,  esp.  Atropos.  [R.] 
 
  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. 
 
  Syn:  Anger;  indignation;  resentment;  wrath;  ire;  rage; 
  vehemence;  violence;  fierceness;  turbulence;  madness; 
  frenzy.  See  {Anger}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Furies 
  n  :  (classical  mythology)  the  hideous  snake-haired  monsters 
  (usually  three  in  number)  who  pursued  unpunished 
  criminals  [syn:  {Furies},  {Eumenides},  {Erinyes}] 




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