ferocity

  • 1 Ferocity — Fe*roc i*ty, n. [L. ferocitas, fr. ferox, ocis, fierce, kin to ferus wild: cf. F. ferocit[ e]. See {Fierce}.] Savage wildness or fierceness; fury; cruelty; as, ferocity of countenance. [1913 Webster] The pride and ferocity of a Highland chief.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 ferocity — index atrocity, bestiality, cruelty, furor, outbreak, severity, violence Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 ferocity — c.1600, from Fr. férocité, from L. ferocitatem (nom. ferocitas) fierceness, from ferocis, oblique case of ferox wild, bold, courageous, warlike, fierce, lit. wild looking, a derivative of ferus wild (see FIERCE (Cf. fierce)) + ox, ocem (gen. o …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 ferocity — [adj] fierceness barbarity, bloodthirstiness, brutality, cruelty, ferociousness, murderousness, savagery, viciousness, violence, wildness; concepts 401,542 …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 ferocity — [fə räs′ə tē] n. pl. ferocities [Fr ferocité < L ferocitas] the state or quality of being ferocious …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 ferocity — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ great, sheer PREPOSITION ▪ with ferocity ▪ It attacks its prey with great ferocity …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 7 ferocity — fe|ro|ci|ty [fəˈrɔsıti US fəˈra: ] n [U] the state of being extremely violent and severe ferocity of ▪ Detectives were shocked by the ferocity of the attack …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 8 ferocity — [[t]fərɒ̱sɪti[/t]] N UNCOUNT The ferocity of something is its fierce or violent nature. The armed forces seem to have been taken by surprise by the ferocity of the attack. Syn: violence …

    English dictionary

  • 9 ferocity — fe|roc|i|ty [ fə rasəti ] noun uncount violence or extreme force: the ferocity of the attack …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 10 ferocity — UK [fəˈrɒsətɪ] / US [fəˈrɑsətɪ] noun [uncountable] violence or extreme force the ferocity of the attack …

    English dictionary

  • 11 ferocity — ferocious ► ADJECTIVE 1) savagely fierce, cruel, or violent. 2) informal very great; extreme. DERIVATIVES ferociously adverb ferociousness noun ferocity noun. ORIGIN from Latin ferox fierce …

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 ferocity — noun Date: 1606 the quality or state of being ferocious …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 ferocity — /feuh ros i tee/, n. a ferocious quality or state; savage fierceness. [1600 10; < L ferocitas, equiv. to feroc , s. of ferox FEROCIOUS + itas ITY] * * * …

    Universalium

  • 14 ferocity — noun The condition of being ferocious. Syn: fierceness, furiousness, fury, vehemence, violence, wildness See Also: ferity, ferocious …

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  • 15 ferocity — Synonyms and related words: aggression, aggressiveness, animality, antagonism, atrociousness, barbarity, barbarousness, beastliness, bellicism, bellicosity, belligerence, belligerency, bestiality, bloodiness, bloodlust, bloodthirst,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 ferocity — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. fierceness, savagery, brutality, cruelty. See malevolence, violence. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. fierceness, brutality, barbarity, savagery; see cruelty . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. savagery,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 ferocity — fe·roc·i·ty || fÉ™ rÉ‘sÉ™tɪ / rÉ’s n. savagery, fierceness, brutalness …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 18 ferocity — n. 1. Savageness, fierceness, ferociousness, wildness, rapacity. 2. Barbarity, cruelty, inhumanity …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 19 ferocity — noun (U) violence and cruelty …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 ferocity — n fierceness, ferociousness, brutality, viciousness, truculence, ferity, brutishness; cruelty, inhumanity, savagery, ruthlessness, blood thirstiness, fiendishness, barbarity …

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