savagely fierce, as a wild beast, person, action, or aspect; violently cruel:
a ferocious beating.
extreme or intense:
a ferocious thirst.
savage, fierce (
) wild (see
having such an appearance; akin to
savagely fierce or cruel:
a ferocious tiger
a ferocious argument
[C17: from Latin
fierce, untamable, warlike]
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Kudzu, the ferocious invasive vine, has wrestled some now-deserted neighborhoods to the ground.
What it wants is an explanation, which you feel will free you in some way-if only from the grip of your ferocious waiting.
When another scientist then challenges the hypothesis, they can be pretty ferocious in their reactions.
Again, the ferocious rhetoric belies the mundane reality.
The ferocious-seeming federal statutes were almost entirely for show.
The self-effacing but ferocious player never stands pat.
The groom turned, took four paces, and heard a ferocious whoosh behind him.
The ferocious waters spared him but killed his parents and his fiancé.
With its jawless toothy mouth adapted to suck the blood of fish, the sea lamprey is a ferocious parasite.
Your lion would likely be covered in the blood of your enemy and thus be looking pretty ferocious.
The ferocious, snarling beast closing in on you fast has a toothache.
Although they have shaped her entire life in profoundly damaging ways, she has concealed them with ferocious determination.
The results will be subject to ferocious political spin.
And even if the policies are sound, resistance to them will be ferocious.
The column argues that the speech is not as ferocious as either its critics or cheerleaders seem to think.
But for all that, there is plenty going on behind the scenes beyond ferocious cost-cutting.
The library project is now embroiled in a ferocious legal free-for-all spanning the globe.
She can play ferocious or catatonic with equal plausibility.
Sometimes the scene is hilarious, sometimes ferocious.
Ferocious sea animals and exotic creatures filled early maps of the region.
These areas are evidence of the ferocious energy produced by the run-off from melting glaciers.
Crooks are continuing to unleash fraudulent e-mail scams at a ferocious pace.
The ferocious flames and explosions from the night before didn't cause fire fighters to back down.
The tarantula's large size and shaggy appearance is frightening to many people, leading them to believe it has a ferocious nature.
The females are ferocious biters, even attacking during daylight hours on cloudy days.
Our favorite feline may be a family friend, but it can also be a ferocious predator.
Weasels are aggressive and ferocious predators that eat mice, rats, shrews and even cottontail rabbits.
In the two-agent scenario, two adjacent rooms contain an object, either a ferocious tiger or a jackpot.