American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Untamed; feral.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wild; in a state of nature; never having been domesticated.
- Malignant; noxious: as, aferine disease.
- n. A wild beast; a beast of prey.
- adj. Pertaining to wild animals; feral.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Wild; untamed; savage.
- adj. wild and menacing
- From Latin ferīnus, from fera ("wild animal"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin ferīnus, from fera, wild animal; see feral. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Arvia ustentu, vatuva ferine feitu, heris vinu heri puni.”
“Both kinds I call solitary instances, or ferine, to borrow a term from astronomers.”
“There was a silence of some seconds, and his yellow ferine gaze met hers strangely.”
“It was ferine and spectral, and so tremendously violent, that the long attorney, expecting nothing of the sort, was thrown out of his balance against the chimneypiece.”
“When the riser halted and the portal reopened, she was greeted by a vista of tangled alien rain forest, wondrous aromas, and ferine screeching.”
“Who, within his inner consciousness, does not feel that same ferine, savage man struggling against the stern, adamantine bonds of morality and decorum?”
“In that moment, she was a throw-back of a million years, and through her veins fumed the ferine blood of her paleolithic forebears.”
“This does not mean that the result in either case is an all around and consistent rehabilitation of the ferine or barbarian habit of mind and body.”
“The result is rather a one-sided return to barbarism or to the feroe natura -- a rehabilitation and accentuation of those ferine traits which make for damage and desolation, without a corresponding development of the traits which would serve the individual's self-preservation and fullness of life in a ferine environment.”
“The material used, whether brute or human, is subjected to careful selection and discipline, in order to secure and accentuate certain aptitudes and propensities which are characteristic of the ferine state, and which tend to obsolescence under domestication.”
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