ferocious

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adjective fe·ro·cious \fə-ˈrō-shəs\

Definition of ferocious

  1. 1 :  exhibiting or given to extreme fierceness and unrestrained violence and brutality a ferocious predator the ferocious butchery of women and children

  2. 2 :  extremely intense ferocious heat The competition among the students was ferocious.

ferociously

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ferociousness

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Examples of ferocious in a Sentence

  1. A ferocious wind swept the beach.

  2. The competition among the students was ferocious.

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Origin and Etymology of ferocious

Latin feroc-, ferox, literally, fierce looking, from ferus + -oc-, -ox (akin to Greek ōps eye) — more at eye


First Known Use: 1646

Synonym Discussion of ferocious

fierce, ferocious, barbarous, savage, cruel mean showing fury or malignity in looks or actions. fierce applies to humans and animals that inspire terror because of their wild and menacing aspect or fury in attack. fierce warriors ferocious implies extreme fierceness and unrestrained violence and brutality. a ferocious dog barbarous implies a ferocity or mercilessness regarded as unworthy of civilized people. barbarous treatment of prisoners savage implies the absence of inhibitions restraining civilized people filled with rage, lust, or other violent passion. a savage criminal cruel implies indifference to suffering and even positive pleasure in inflicting it. the cruel jokes of schoolboys

FEROCIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

ferocious

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Definition of ferocious for English Language Learners

  • : very fierce or violent

  • : very great or extreme


FEROCIOUS Defined for Kids

ferocious

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adjective fe·ro·cious \fə-ˈrō-shəs\

Definition of ferocious for Students

  1. :  fierce 1, savage a ferocious storm a ferocious roar

ferociously

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