ferocious

[ fuh-roh-shuhs ]
/ fəˈroʊ ʃəs /

adjective

savagely fierce, as a wild beast, person, action, or aspect; violently cruel: a ferocious beating.
extreme or intense: a ferocious thirst.

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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

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British Dictionary definitions for ferociousness

ferocious
/ (fəˈrəʊʃəs) /

adjective

savagely fierce or cruela ferocious tiger; a ferocious argument

Derived forms of ferocious

ferociously, adverbferocity (fəˈrɒsɪtɪ) or ferociousness, noun

Word Origin for ferocious

C17: from Latin ferox fierce, untamable, warlike
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