- savagely fierce, as a wild beast, person, action, or aspect; violently cruel: a ferocious beating.
- extreme or intense: a ferocious thirst.
Origin of ferocious
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Examples from the Web for ferociously
She appeared at his side, impish smile in place, dutiful, fragrantly rather than ferociously sexy, and—frustratingly—an adjunct.How Can Katie Holmes Escape Tom Cruise—and ‘Dawson’s Creek’?
October 30, 2014
We know that, mercifully, democratization scourged us only once in ferociously modern style: during the Civil War.The Real Nightmare of Ferguson
August 15, 2014
He was always affable but ultimately unknowable; intellectually incurious but ferociously ambitious.The Messy, Sordid Story of Jim Greer, Charlie Crist’s Man to a Fault
June 29, 2014
“The U.K. journalism world, in particular print journalism, is ferociously competitive,” he says.A Well-Spoken Invasion:The Brits Taking Over American Media
May 8, 2014
But keep an eye over the weekend on how ferociously the media wingnuts start whipping this vote.The Odds of War in Syria? A Lot Higher Now
August 31, 2013
In the meantime, the wounded beast was snapping and snarling most ferociously.The Rover Boys on Snowshoe Island
It was the terrier who had ferociously attacked the lion, and the lion was charmed.Memoirs
Charles Godfrey Leland
Society punished it ferociously and justly, in self-defence.The Education of Henry Adams
Adam spun on him ferociously, raising a heavy hand in threat.Rebels of the Red Planet
Charles Louis Fontenay
They came at us ferociously, and nearly broke through our line.The Cryptogram
William Murray Graydon
- savagely fierce or cruela ferocious tiger; a ferocious argument
Word Origin and History for ferociously
1640s, from Latin ferocis, oblique case of ferox "fierce, wild-looking" (see ferocity). Related: Ferociously; ferociousness.