ferity

[ fer-i-tee ]

noun
  1. a wild, untamed, or uncultivated state.

  2. savagery; ferocity.

Origin of ferity

1
1525–35; <Latin feritās, equivalent to fer(us) wild, untamed + -itās-ity

Words Nearby ferity

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How to use ferity in a sentence

  • 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

ferity

/ (ˈfɛrɪtɪ) /


nounplural -ties rare
  1. the state of being wild or uncultivated

  2. savagery; ferocity

Origin of ferity

1
C16: from Latin feritās, from ferus savage, untamed

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