Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or quality of being ferocious; fierceness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The condition of being ferocious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Savage wildness or fierceness; fury; cruelty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being ferocious; ferocious or fierce character or disposition; savage wildness or fierceness; fury; cruelty: as, the ferocity of barbarians.
  • n. = Syn, Savageness, barbarity, inhumanity, ruthlessness, mercilessness, brutality.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the property of being wild or turbulent

Etymologies

From Latin ferox ("fierce"), from ferus ("wild, savage, fierce"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Anyone notice the increase in ferocity of these things this year?

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  • And ferocity is required of Ree, since she is the only one who can keep disaster from her family's door.

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  • With dunks exceeded in ferocity only by the altitude of their apex, Wright lifted Dayton to heights not seen on its Ohio campus in nearly 20 years.

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  • But she only redoubled in ferocity and ordered the slave girls to pinion my hands behind me, which they did; and, throwing me on my back, she seated herself on my middle and held down my head.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • In meteorological jargon, a perfect storm is one unsurpassed in ferocity and duration a description that fits the so-called Halloween Gale of October 1991 in the western Atlantic.

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  • Now, with all the agony of a war which increases clay by day in ferocity, beyond anything ever known before, surely we must be ready to mean what we say this time when we talk of preserving peace in the years to come.

    Target For Tomorrow

  • He's worked on his blocking -- he said he had to develop some "ferocity" -- and he's quick enough to line up as a slot receiver.

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  • I also recall the ferocity of the werewolf, and his insatiable hatred for humankind while in that form.

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  • My head wants to thank you for all of your pain, because after all this work, your ferocity will be my mane.

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  • The Justice indeed did not call for a bottle to determine whether it should be peace or war, but he did that which answered the purpose as well; for, happening to use the word ferocity, Mrs. Butterfield’s brilliant apprehension immediately understood him to have complimented her with the expression of veracity.

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