Definition of ferocious
1 : exhibiting or given to extreme fierceness and unrestrained violence and brutality <a ferocious predator> <the ferocious butchery of women and children>
2 : extremely intense <ferocious heat> <The competition among the students was ferocious.>
Examples of ferocious in a sentence
A ferocious wind swept the beach.
The competition among the students was ferocious.
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
FEROCIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ferocious for English Language Learners
: very fierce or violent
: very great or extreme
FEROCIOUS Defined for Kids
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