- 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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1. rapacious. See fierce.
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Examples from the Web for ferociousness
You are radically polite; this impetuosity and ferociousness is simply the sincerity which is the basis of a proper deportment.The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Tales
The brutality of the police, equalled in ferociousness the massacre of the Yeomanry Cavalry.The Battle of The Press
Theophila Carlile Campbell
There was ferociousness in the heart of the Indian, but Grace's voice had stayed his hand.Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders in the Great North Woods
Jessie Graham Flower
His personal misfortunes will prove the anarchy of the government and the ferociousness of the times.
There was a fascination in his manner that made the ferociousness of his antagonist subside into impotence.Caleb Williams
- savagely fierce or cruela ferocious tiger; a ferocious argument
C17: from Latin ferox fierce, untamable, warlike
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Word Origin and History for ferociousness
1640s, from Latin ferocis, oblique case of ferox "fierce, wild-looking" (see ferocity). Related: Ferociously; ferociousness.
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