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ferocious

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Pronunciation: /fəˈrəʊʃəs
 
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Definition of ferocious in English:

adjective

1Savagely fierce, cruel, or violent: a ferocious beast a ferocious battle
More example sentences
  • The animal is a most ferocious and savage looking one.
  • She was a ferocious, fierce soldier, one who would go far.
  • The latter wild and ferocious creatures are so dangerous they have to be anaesthetised fully for Liam to work on them.
Synonyms
fierce, savage, wild, feral, untamed;
predatory, rapacious, ravening, aggressive, dangerous
wicked, inhuman, monstrous, abominable, fiendish, hellish, diabolical
British informal beastly
literary fell
archaic sanguinary
1.1 informal Very great; extreme: a ferocious headache
More example sentences
  • He also paid tribute to the work of London Fire Brigade in tackling the blaze and rescuing three of the children in extremely ferocious conditions.
  • She leaned back for a moment to accept everything, a ferocious headache on its way.
  • Sustained rain and ferocious winds caused severe weather conditions across Cumbria overnight on Friday, some of the worst the region has seen for decades.
Synonyms
intense, extreme, strong, powerful, fierce, burning, searing;
severe, acute, unbearable, insufferable, hellish, diabolical

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin ferox, feroc- 'fierce' + -ious.

Derivatives

ferociously

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • A cool, ferociously violent, darkly humorous trilogy, the film undoubtedly had its merits.
  • Don't we protect children even more ferociously than we protect adults?
  • There was constant thunder and lightning, and the wind was whistling ferociously.

ferociousness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • The battle to save the environment, if there is to be a successful one, will require extreme ferociousness and bravery coupled with extreme strategic intelligence.
  • Fur seals can look adorable, but have grown a reputation on board for ferociousness.
  • Listening to the music now, or any time in the last ten or fifteen years, I am overwhelmed by the lack of ferociousness that I used to associate with the album.

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