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ferocity

[fuh-ros-i-tee] /fəˈrɒs ɪ ti/
noun
1.
a ferocious quality or state; savage fierceness.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin ferōcitās, equivalent to ferōc-, stem of ferōx ferocious + -itās -ity
Related forms
nonferocity, noun
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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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