[ fer-i-tee ]
/ ˈfɛr ɪ ti /
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a wild, untamed, or uncultivated state.
savagery; ferocity.



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Origin of ferity

1525–35; <Latin feritās, equivalent to fer(us) wild, untamed + -itās-ity
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  • There is a savor of the like ferity and sweetness in this poem.

    John Greenleaf Whittier|W. Sloane Kennedy
  • The wildness of the savage is but a faint symbol of the awful ferity with which good men and lovers meet.

    Excursions and Poems|Henry David Thoreau

British Dictionary definitions for ferity

/ (ˈfɛrɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties rare

the state of being wild or uncultivated
savagery; ferocity
C16: from Latin feritās, from ferus savage, untamed
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