ferocious

adjective
fe·​ro·​cious | \ fə-ˈrō-shəs How to pronounce ferocious (audio) \

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.

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Other Words from ferocious

ferociously adverb
ferociousness noun

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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

Examples of ferocious in a Sentence

A ferocious wind swept the beach. The competition among the students was ferocious.

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This ferocious little cutie was born at the Toledo Zoo on May 25. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Baby Snow Leopard Babs of the Toledo Zoo Is 2.5 Pounds of Fierceness," 12 June 2019 Wildfire season in Canada - at least as destructive as in the United States - is off to a ferocious start. Amanda Coletta, Anchorage Daily News, "Canada’s wildfire season is off to a ferocious start," 11 June 2019 His shriek was ferocious enough to make Janis Joplin briefly consider joining his band. Tom Maxwell, Longreads, "Remembering Roky Erickson," 7 June 2019 If his wife excels in her slavering devotion to the commander-in-chief, her spouse is just as ferocious in his condemnation of the president. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “This Is the End of My Presidency!”," 21 Apr. 2019 The offensive is one of the most ferocious in Syria’s seven-year civil war, despite a Feb. 24 United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a 30-day cease-fire and immediate access for humanitarian agencies. Nick Cumming-bruce And Nada Homsi, New York Times, "Aid Convoy Reaches Syria Town, but Fighting Forces Some Trucks to Return Full," 5 Mar. 2018 The ferocious response to such an innocuous request is telling in itself. The Economist, "Stone-carving villagers make Indian officials jittery," 7 June 2018 The Americans quickly mobilized a ferocious response, including AC-130 gunships, jet warplanes and Apache attack helicopters. Washington Post, "Putin ally said to be in touch with Kremlin, Assad before his mercenaries attacked U.S. troops," 7 Mar. 2018 The Americans quickly mobilized a ferocious response, including AC-130 gunships, jet warplanes and Apache attack helicopters. Anchorage Daily News, "Putin ally said to be in touch with Kremlin, Assad before his mercenaries attacked U.S. troops," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of ferocious

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ferocious

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

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The first known use of ferocious was in 1646

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ferocious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of ferocious

: very fierce or violent
: very great or extreme

ferocious

adjective
fe·​ro·​cious | \ fə-ˈrō-shəs How to pronounce ferocious (audio) \

Kids Definition of ferocious

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

Other Words from ferocious

ferociously adverb

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