hell hath no fury like a woman scorned

In classical mythology the Furies were avenging deities, fearful goddesses from Tartarus who avenged wrong and punished crime. Fury in the sense of ‘frenzied rage’ may also be intended, esp. in more modern quots. Cf. EURIPIDES Medea 1. 263 γυνὴ γὰρ τἄλλα μὲν φόβου πλέα κακή τ᾿ ἐς ἀλκὴν καὶ σίδηρον εἰσορᾶν· ὅταν δ᾿ ἐς εὐνὴν ἠδικημένη κυρῇ, οὐκ ἔστιν ἄλλη φρὴν μιαιφονωτέρα, in other circumstances a woman is full of fear and shuns to confront force and iron; but when she has been wronged in a matter of sex, there is no other heart more bloodthirsty. The idea was a commonplace in the Renaissance; e.g. a 1625 BEAUMONT & FLETCHER Knight of Malta I i. The wages of scorn’d Love is baneful hate.

1696 C. CIBBER Love’s Last Shift IV. 71 No Fiend in Hell can match the fury of a disappointed Woman!—Scorned! slighted; dismissed without a parting Pang!

1697 CONGREVE Mourning Bride III. 39 Heav’n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn’d, Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn’d.

1886 M. HOLMES Chamber over Gate xxvi. You know ‘Hell hath no fury,’ etc. If your wife should ever wake up to the true state of the case..I’m afraid she’d be an ugly customer.

2002 Washington Post 15 Jan. B4 ‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,’ Laura L. Martin, Calvert deputy state’s attorney, told jurors yesterday at Freeman’s trial on a first-degree murder charge. ‘The defendant, Adele Freeman, felt like a woman scorned.’


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  • hell hath no fury (like a woman scorned) — phrase used for saying that a woman who cannot make someone love her can be extremely angry Thesaurus: not liked or lovedsynonym Main entry: hell * * * hell hath no ˈfury (like a woman ˈscorned) f11 idiom ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hell hath no fury (like a woman scorned). — Hell hath no fury (like a woman scorned). something that you say which means a woman will make someone suffer if they treat her badly. Don t be so sure she ll forgive you. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned …   New idioms dictionary

  • hell hath no fury like a woman scorned — ► hell hath no fury like a woman scorned proverb a woman rejected by a man can be ferociously angry and vindictive. Main Entry: ↑hell …   English terms dictionary

  • hell hath no fury like a woman scorned — proverb a woman who has been rejected by a man can be ferociously angry and vindictive …   Useful english dictionary

  • hell — ► NOUN 1) a place regarded in various religions as a spiritual realm of evil and suffering, often depicted as a place of perpetual fire beneath the earth to which the wicked are sent after death. 2) a state or place of great suffering. ►… …   English terms dictionary

  • Fury (song) — Infobox Single Name = Fury Caption = UK CD Single Artist = Prince from Album = 3121 B side = Te Amo Corazón / Fury (Live) Released = 30 May, 2006 Format = 12 inch single CD Single Digital single Recorded = Paisley Park Studios, 2005 Genre = Rock… …   Wikipedia

  • hell — hell1 [ hel ] noun uncount *** 1. ) Hell in some religions, the place where bad people are sent to suffer for ever when they die. The place where good people go is called Heaven. 2. ) a situation that is extremely unpleasant: It s been hell… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hell — I UK [hel] / US noun [uncountable] *** 1) Hell in some religions, the place where bad people are sent to suffer for ever when they die. The place where good people are believed to go is called Heaven. 2) a situation that is extremely unpleasant… …   English dictionary

  • woman — see a woman, a dog, and a walnut tree, the more you beat them the better they be a woman and a ship ever want mending a woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle a woman’s place is in the home a woman’s work is never done …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • scorned — adjective Hated, despised, or avoided. Zucchini and cauliflower seem to be widely scorned vegetables. See Also: hell hath no fury like a woman scorned …   Wiktionary


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