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ferocious

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1 extreme in degree, power, or effect
  • the ferocious appetite that athletic teenagers have been known to display

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2 marked by bursts of destructive force or intense activity
  • ferocious forest fires threatened to destroy hundreds of homes in the scrubland

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4 marked by great and often stressful excitement or activity
  • after a day of ferocious up-and-down trading, the stock market ended up down 300 points

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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

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The first known use of ferocious was in 1646

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“Ferocious.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/ferocious. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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