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ferocity

[fuh-ros-i-tee]
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noun
  1. a ferocious quality or state; savage fierceness.
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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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Related Words for ferocity

savagery, ferociousness, violence, cruelty, barbarity, brutality, wildness

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Word Origin and History for ferocity

n.

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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