- savagely fierce, as a wild beast, person, action, or aspect; violently cruel: a ferocious beating.
- extreme or intense: a ferocious thirst.
Origin of ferocious
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Examples from the Web for ferocious
The man behind the desk is a fictional character—a ferocious patriot exposing the limits of rigid ideology.The End of Truthiness: Stephen Colbert’s Sublime Finale
December 19, 2014
So, only when you have spiraling matter down do you get these ferocious, black hole jets.Neil deGrasse Tyson Breaks Down ‘Interstellar’: Black Holes, Time Dilations, and Massive Waves
November 11, 2014
Instead they operated out of a vast network of tunnels, and the combat was as ferocious as any the IDF has seen for many years.The Ghosts of Gaza: Israel’s Soldier Suicides
October 28, 2014
I saw a faint, sweet glimmer of the ferocious protector he once was.No One Ever Loses to Cancer
October 8, 2014
All of this is playing out against a backdrop of ferocious political rivalries and discord in the capital of Sanaa.Obama’s ‘Yemen Model’ for the War on ISIS Is a Wreck
September 12, 2014
I did not know what that dish was, but the ferocious reporter continued his questions.My Double Life
The Moors now rushed on them from all parts with a ferocious joy.Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
And if her ferocious beast of a father lost his treasure, it was his own fault.L'Assommoir
Every fresh attack made them more suspicious and ferocious than before.
The tenderness, the devotedness of his mother had instilled into him an egotism that was ferocious.
- savagely fierce or cruela ferocious tiger; a ferocious argument
Word Origin and History for ferocious
1640s, from Latin ferocis, oblique case of ferox "fierce, wild-looking" (see ferocity). Related: Ferociously; ferociousness.