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a. Extremely aggressive or violent: a ferocious attack dog.
b. Characterized by or showing extreme aggressiveness or violence: a ferocious glare; ferocious claws.
2. Extremely powerful or destructive: a ferocious gale.
3. Extreme in activity or feeling; intense: a ferocious demand for a product; ferocious courage.

[From Latin ferōx, ferōc-, fierce; see ghwer- in Indo-European roots.]

fe·ro′cious·ly adv.
fe·roc′i·ty (-rŏs′ĭ-tē), fe·ro′cious·ness n.
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Noun1.ferociousness - the trait of extreme cruelty
cruelness, cruelty, harshness - the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance


Exceptionally great concentration, power, or force, especially in activity:
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At that moment Michael was lying squirming on his back a dozen feet away, his legs straight up in the air, both fox-terriers worrying with well-stimulated ferociousness.
With reference to the Polar bear, it may possibly be urged by him who would fain go still deeper into this matter, that it is not the whiteness, separately regarded, which heightens the intolerable hideousness of that brute; for, analysed, that heightened hideousness, it might be said, only arises from the circumstance, that the irresponsible ferociousness of the creature stands invested in the fleece of celestial innocence and love; and hence, by bringing together two such opposite emotions in our minds, the Polar bear frightens us with so unnatural a contrast.
No whimper, nor sound, nor sign of fear, came from Jerry--only choking growls of ferociousness, intermingled with snarls of anger, and a belligerent up-clawing of hind-legs.
In an impressive display of ferociousness, Li tagged Rosauro repeatedly with thudding strikes, which eventually sent Rosauro crashing to the canvas.
When nations engage in ferociousness as a state policy to influence a population, curb genuine dissent or contain calls for self-determination, the situation assumes a dangerously different dimension, repudiating the very humanity of its victims.
There was almost a ferociousness to it, especially in the first meetings," she added.
Harangued about her body odour by a gang of bullies in the shed, she stood her ground and took one of them on with a ferociousness that instantly earned her the respect of everyone else.
Competition in business, although not necessarily physically demanding, has its own ferociousness.
Giants Marvel and Capcom have joined forces to create this versus masterpiece that plays a bit like Tekken but with the ferociousness of Street Fighter.
the noblest productions of the Muses have appeared in the middle ages, between gross barbarism and voluptuous refinement, when the human mind yet possessed strong traits of its primeval grandeur and simplicity; but divested of its former ferociousness, and chastened by courteous manners, felt itself rising in knowledge, virtue, and intellectual superiority.
The power and ferociousness that I have, he's never experienced it before.
He will not be able to take the ferociousness that I come with.