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  1. a wild, untamed, or uncultivated state.
  2. 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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Historical Examples

  • There is a savor of the like ferity and sweetness in this poem.

    John Greenleaf Whittier

    W. Sloane Kennedy

British Dictionary definitions for ferity


noun plural -ties rare
  1. the state of being wild or uncultivated
  2. savagery; ferocity
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin feritās, from ferus savage, untamed
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