ferocious

[fuh-roh-shuhs]
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adjective
  1. savagely fierce, as a wild beast, person, action, or aspect; violently cruel: a ferocious beating.
  2. extreme or intense: a ferocious thirst.

Origin of ferocious

1640–50; < Latin ferōc-, stem of ferōx savage, fierce (fer(us) wild (see feral1, fierce) + -ōx having such an appearance; akin to -opsis) + -ious
Related formsfe·ro·cious·ly, adverbfe·ro·cious·ness, nounnon·fe·ro·cious, adjectivenon·fe·ro·cious·ly, adverbnon·fe·ro·cious·ness, nounun·fe·ro·cious, adjectiveun·fe·ro·cious·ly, adverb

Synonyms for ferocious

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1. rapacious. See fierce.
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Historical Examples of ferocious

  • I did not know what that dish was, but the ferocious reporter continued his questions.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • The Moors now rushed on them from all parts with a ferocious joy.

    Gomez Arias

    Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso

  • And if her ferocious beast of a father lost his treasure, it was his own fault.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • Every fresh attack made them more suspicious and ferocious than before.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • The tenderness, the devotedness of his mother had instilled into him an egotism that was ferocious.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for ferocious

ferocious

adjective
  1. savagely fierce or cruela ferocious tiger; a ferocious argument
Derived Formsferociously, adverbferocity (fəˈrɒsɪtɪ) or ferociousness, noun

Word Origin for ferocious

C17: from Latin ferox fierce, untamable, warlike
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Word Origin and History for ferocious
adj.

1640s, from Latin ferocis, oblique case of ferox "fierce, wild-looking" (see ferocity). Related: Ferociously; ferociousness.

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