fe·​roc·​i·​ty | \ fə-ˈrä-sə-tē How to pronounce ferocity (audio) \

Definition of ferocity

: the quality or state of being ferocious the ferocity of the lion's attack

Examples of ferocity in a Sentence

the ferocity of the lion's attack We were stunned by the ferocity of the storm.
Recent Examples on the Web Willie Flowers, the father of two eighth-grade boys in Howard County schools, was stunned by the ferocity of the resistance. John Blake, CNN, "How 'good White people' derail racial progress," 1 Aug. 2020 Such accusations are unusual for members of the same administration and illustrate the ferocity of the debate. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, "Trump backed off shipping reform under political pressure, former advisers claim," 12 July 2020 But already, this spring’s fires arrived earlier and with more ferocity, government officials have said. Washington Post, "Rapid Arctic meltdown in Siberia alarms scientists," 3 July 2020 As August gave way to September of 1918, few people were thinking about the deadly influenza pandemic that would soon sweep across Texas and the rest of the country with the speed and ferocity of a firestorm. David Tarrant, Dallas News, "Lessons from the past: How the deadly second wave of the 1918 “Spanish flu” caught Dallas and the U.S. by surprise," 3 July 2020 Long before Mark Zuckerberg or Jack Dorsey, Homer grasped that an intimate, direct channel of communication can stir folks to action with more ferocity than any unvarnished public appeal. Aziz Huq, Washington Post, "Political lies aren’t new, but the methods of spreading them are," 25 June 2020 Strong writes of their friendship in exacting detail, illustrating the ferocity with which women can care for one another. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "A Mother Examines the Costs of Her Desires in Want," 25 June 2020 The ferocity of what awaits them has been foretold by the last twelve years of American politics. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "This Is How Trump Plans to Beat Biden," 21 June 2020 Sandy’s ferocity and size caused severe weather well inland, including gales in Michigan that caused large power outages in Detroit. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Escape from Detroit: A Giants sweep, a superstorm and Willie Mays at 65 mph," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of ferocity

1606, in the meaning defined above

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“Ferocity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ferocity. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ferocity

: a very fierce or violent quality : the quality or state of being ferocious


fe·​roc·​i·​ty | \ fə-ˈrä-sə-tē How to pronounce ferocity (audio) \
plural ferocities

Kids Definition of ferocity

: the quality or state of being fierce or savage

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