from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Savage wildness or fierceness; fury; cruelty.

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  • noun The condition of being ferocious.

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  • noun the property of being wild or turbulent


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


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