[ fuh-ros-i-tee ]
/ fəˈrɒs ɪ ti /


a ferocious quality or state; savage fierceness.

Nearby words

  1. ferny,
  2. fernández de lizardi,
  3. fernández de lizardi, josé joaquín,
  4. ferocious,
  5. ferociously,
  6. ferr-,
  7. ferrar,
  8. ferrara,
  9. ferrari,
  10. ferraro

Origin of ferocity

1600–10; < Latin ferōcitās, equivalent to ferōc-, stem of ferōx ferocious + -itās -ity

Related formsnon·fe·roc·i·ty, noun

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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").

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