from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state of being wild or untamed.
- n. The state of being savage; ferocity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The quality or fact of being wild or in a wild state; wildness, brutishness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Wildness; savageness; fierceness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Wildness; savageness; cruelty.
He finds wildness not only in the woods, but in such literary works as Hamlet and the Iliad; and even in certain forms of society: “The wildness of the savage is but a faint symbol of the awful ferity with which good men and lovers meet”
To burn the bones of the king of Edom for lime, + seems no irrational ferity; but to drink of the ashes of dead relations, + a passionate prodigality.
The wildness of the savage is but a faint symbol of the awful ferity with which good men and lovers meet.
To burn the bones of the King of Edom for lime seems no irrational ferity: but to store the back volumes of Mr Bottomleys John Bull a passionate prodigality.
Edom for lime seems no irrational ferity: but to store the back volumes of Mr Bottomley's "John Bull" a passionate prodigality. '
Its wild, demoniac laughter awakens the echoes on the solitary lakes, and its ferity and hardiness are kindred to those robust spirits.
Especially when I read of the adventures of Russian and Polish exiles in Siberia -- men of aristocratic lineage wandering amid snow and arctic cold, sleeping on rocks or in hollow trees, and holding their own, empty-handed, against hunger and frost and their fiercer brute embodiments do I recognize a hardihood and a ferity whose wet-nurse, ages back, may well have been this gray slut of the woods.
To burn the bones of the king of Edom for lime, [II. 3.n] seems no irrational ferity; but to drink of the ashes of dead relations, [II. 3.o] a passionate prodigality.
J'he Prof - ferity of both at the Reftoration of Peace. —
No enmity, we know, * fb bitter, as that of alienated friends no fuch persecution as that of Apoftates, and propor - tionably, no fuch ferity as that of a perverted mildnels.