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[fuh-ros-i-tee] /fəˈrɒs ɪ ti/
a ferocious quality or state; savage fierceness.
Origin of ferocity
1600-10; < Latin ferōcitās, equivalent to ferōc-, stem of ferōx ferocious + -itās -ity
Related forms
nonferocity, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • All ferocity must be misinterpretation of the divine law of harmony and mutual help.

  • They have the ferocity of a chained dog, and are proud of it.

  • This incautious speech by no means tended to appease the ferocity of the crowd.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • The struggle was deadly, but the numbers and ferocity of the pirates prevailed.

  • But her eyes remained very keen, sharpened as it were by ferocity.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
Word Origin and History for ferocity

c.1600, from French férocité, from Latin ferocitatem (nominative ferocitas) "fierceness," from ferocis, oblique case of ferox "wild, bold, courageous, warlike, fierce," literally "wild-looking," a derivative of ferus "wild" (see fierce) + -ox, -ocem (genitive -ocis), a suffix meaning "looking or appearing" (cognate with Greek ops "eye, sight").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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