Definition of ferocious
- a ferocious predator
- the ferocious butchery of women and children
- ferocious heat
- The competition among the students was ferocious.
A ferocious wind swept the beach.
The competition among the students was ferocious.
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: very fierce or violent
: very great or extreme
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