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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 trading, the stock market was up 200 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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