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.
Recent Examples of ferocious from the Web
Humanity will get its closest look ever next week at Jupiter's famed Giant Red Spot, a ferocious, 10,000-mile wide storm whipped by 300 mph winds.
At about 10:40 p.m., the band gathered at the front of the stage to serenade a crowd of 200-plus who had endured a nearly two-hour delay prompted by ferocious thunderstorm that roared through the area.
Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods also brings disruption to the $700 billion U.S. grocery sector, a traditional area of retailing that stands on the precipice of a ferocious price war.
The belief that one day this ferocious beast of unrelenting wilderness and grim seas will become a slave to the will of man is absolutely folly.
Assad’s victory followed ferocious battles, in which thousands died, and left the rebel enclave in ruins.
Mantises are surprisingly ferocious insects; scientists have previously seen them attacking and feasting on a variety of hummingbird species.
Now, those soldiers, several of whom McCloughan saved during the ferocious, dayslong Battle of Nui Yon Hill in 1969, will have a new name for him: Medal of Honor recipient.
With both players pressed for time, a ferocious display of maneuvering with the heavy pieces (queen and rooks) ensued.
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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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