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1 living outdoors without taming or domestication by humans
  • animal experts discourage homeowners from trying to adopt feral animals as pets

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2 having or showing the nature and appetites of a lower animal
  • a novel that reveals just how thin the veneer of civilization is and how feral we are at bottom

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Synonyms & Antonyms of feral (Entry 2 of 2)

as in animal, critter

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How does the adjective feral differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of feral are bestial, brutal, and brutish. While all these words mean "characteristic of an animal in nature, action, or instinct," feral suggests the savagery or ferocity of wild animals.

the struggle to survive unleashed their feral impulses

In what contexts can bestial take the place of feral?

While the synonyms bestial and feral are close in meaning, bestial suggests a state of degradation unworthy of humans and fit only for beasts.

bestial depravity

When would brutal be a good substitute for feral?

Although the words brutal and feral have much in common, brutal applies to people, their acts, or their words and suggests a lack of intelligence, feeling, or humanity.

a senseless and brutal war

When is brutish a more appropriate choice than feral?

The meanings of brutish and feral largely overlap; however, brutish stresses likeness to an animal in low intelligence, in base appetites, and in behavior based on instinct.

brutish stupidity

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The first known use of feral was in 1604

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“Feral.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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