- a ferocious quality or state; savage fierceness.
Origin of ferocity
Related Words for ferocitysavagery, ferociousness, violence, cruelty, barbarity, brutality, wildness
Examples from the Web for ferocity
Contemporary Examples of ferocity
Phone lines would catch fire from the velocity and ferocity of his words.David Garth, the Consultant Who Talked Up to Voters
December 15, 2014
He was just seamlessly being this person—the ferocity and intensity was incredible.The Brit Who Stormed Broadway
December 7, 2014
They are clashing with Israeli police with a ferocity not seen since the second Intifada.The Seeds of the Next Intifada
July 7, 2014
I ask if the ferocity of his violent outburst surprised him and he says yes, it did.Exclusive: ‘X-Men’ Sex Abuse Lawyer Says He Was Assaulted, Too
May 6, 2014
The group only grew in ferocity with the release of the first film adaptation in 2008.Will ‘Hunger Games’ Fans and ‘Twilight’ Fans Ever Get Along?
November 20, 2013
Historical Examples of ferocity
All ferocity must be misinterpretation of the divine law of harmony and mutual help.The Conquest of Fear
They have the ferocity of a chained dog, and are proud of it.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
This incautious speech by no means tended to appease the ferocity of the crowd.Barnaby Rudge
The struggle was deadly, but the numbers and ferocity of the pirates prevailed.The Pirate and The Three Cutters
But her eyes remained very keen, sharpened as it were by ferocity.Fruitfulness
Word Origin and History for ferocity
c.1600, from French férocité, from Latin ferocitatem (nominative ferocitas) "fierceness," from ferocis, oblique case of ferox "wild, bold, courageous, warlike, fierce," literally "wild-looking," a derivative of ferus "wild" (see fierce) + -ox, -ocem (genitive -ocis), a suffix meaning "looking or appearing" (cognate with Greek ops "eye, sight").