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ferocious

[fuh-roh-shuh s] /fəˈroʊ ʃəs/
adjective
1.
savagely fierce, as a wild beast, person, action, or aspect; violently cruel:
a ferocious beating.
2.
extreme or intense:
a ferocious thirst.
Origin of ferocious
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin ferōc-, stem of ferōx savage, fierce (fer(us) wild (see feral1, fierce) + -ōx having such an appearance; akin to -opsis) + -ious
Related forms
ferociously, adverb
ferociousness, noun
nonferocious, adjective
nonferociously, adverb
nonferociousness, noun
unferocious, adjective
unferociously, adverb
Synonyms
1. rapacious. See fierce.
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  • They had not evolved into the ferocious monsters which were later to be masters of the seas.

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  • I did not know what that dish was, but the ferocious reporter continued his questions.

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  • This ferocious beast was exhibited chained to the dead trunk of a tree in the side-show.

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  • The Moors now rushed on them from all parts with a ferocious joy.

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  • Approaching, he heard not only calls for help but roars and growls accompanied by ferocious cries and violent blows.

    Old French Fairy Tales Comtesse de Sgur
British Dictionary definitions for ferocious

ferocious

/fəˈrəʊʃəs/
adjective
1.
savagely fierce or cruel: a ferocious tiger, a ferocious argument
Derived Forms
ferociously, adverb
ferocity (fəˈrɒsɪtɪ), ferociousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ferox fierce, untamable, warlike
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Word Origin and History for ferocious
adj.

1640s, from Latin ferocis, oblique case of ferox "fierce, wild-looking" (see ferocity). Related: Ferociously; ferociousness.

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