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ferocity

[fuh-ros-i-tee] /fəˈrɒs ɪ ti/
noun
1.
a ferocious quality or state; savage fierceness.
Origin of ferocity
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin ferōcitās, equivalent to ferōc-, stem of ferōx ferocious + -itās -ity
Related forms
nonferocity, noun
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  • She knew the ferocity of the panther very well, and trembled lest the sleeper should move, or twitch a muscle.

    The Heart of the Ancient Wood Charles G. D. Roberts
  • A look of ferocity slowly came into the deep black of his face.

    Fantazius Mallare Ben Hecht
  • The Tasmanian Devil is said to be one of the most ferocious of animals, and to express its ferocity by a "yelling growl."

  • I could quote twenty instances of her ferocity, but I will confine myself to one.

  • Right and left he struck in a reckless fume of ferocity, which spoke of unreasoning fights in worlds of savage firstlings.

    The Promise James B. Hendryx
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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