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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.


(fəˈrɒs ɪ ti)

a ferocious quality or state; savage fierceness.
[1600–10; < Latin]




  1. Barked like an old sergeant —Frank Swinnerton
  2. Fierce as a comet —John Milton
  3. Fierce as a dog with tongue lapping for action —Carl Sandburg
  4. Fierce as a fever —Anon
  5. Fierce as a lobster making one last lunge out of the pot —Norman Mailer
  6. Fierce as hunger —Babette Deutsch
  7. Fierce as vengeance —John Greenleaf Whittier
  8. Fierce as young bulls —William Shakespeare
  9. Fiery as tiger eyes —Jessamyn West
  10. Growled … as a dog might do at a postman —Frank Swinnerton
  11. Savage as a bear with a sore head —Frederick Marryat
  12. Savage as a meat-ax —American colloquialism, attributed to Mid-south
  13. (Hope) temptuous like a fire-cloud —Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  14. (A fly is as) untamable as a hyena —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  15. Wild as a monkey —Robert Silverberg
  16. Wild as a starved cat —Elizabeth Spencer
  17. Wild as the vultures’ cry —Aeschylus
  18. (Memories do not turn to dust. They live) wild as young colts —Elizabeth Spencer
  19. (You’re) wild … just like a sea-bird —Clifford Odets
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ferocity - the property of being wild or turbulentferocity - the property of being wild or turbulent; "the storm's violence"
intensiveness, intensity - high level or degree; the property of being intense
savageness, savagery - the property of being untamed and ferocious; "the coastline is littered with testaments to the savageness of the waters"; "a craving for barbaric splendor, for savagery and color and the throb of drums"



Exceptionally great concentration, power, or force, especially in activity:
ضَراوَه، شَراسَه


[fəˈrɒsɪtɪ] N
1. (= savagery) [of person, animal, attack, battle] → ferocidad f
2. (= intensity) [of storm, wind, fire] → furia f; [of feelings] → intensidad f; [of criticism] → dureza f


[fəˈrɒsɪti] nférocité f


n (of animal)Wildheit f; (of dog)Bissigkeit f; (of appearance, look, glare)Grimmigkeit f; (of battle, war, debate, argument, competition, criticism)Heftigkeit f; (of attack)Brutalität f


[fəˈrɒsɪtɪ] nferocia


(fəˈrouʃəs) adjective
fierce or savage. a ferocious animal.
feˈrociously adverb
ferocity (fəˈrosəti) noun
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I am glad to remember that at the same time I exulted in these ferocities I had mind enough and heart enough to find pleasure in the truer and finer work, the humaner work of other writers, like Hazlitt, and Leigh Hunt, and Lamb, which became known to me at a date I cannot exactly fix.
He is of East European origin, but has spent most of his life in Paris.") He starts, "Our age seethes with sensations, ferocities and feverish discordances: Arthur Szyk stands outside, laboring serenely, sedately, painstakingly, faithfully, like a Benedictine monk." Just what "ferocities" lay ahead, and how Szyk certainly did not "stand aside" in the face of them, is made clear by Joseph Ansell.