Share this entry

Share this page

ferocity

Line breaks: fer|ocity
Pronunciation: /fəˈrɒsɪti
 
/

Definition of ferocity in English:

noun (plural ferocities)

[mass noun]
The state or quality of being ferocious: the ferocity of the storm caught them by surprise [count noun]: she hated him with a ferocity that astonished her
More example sentences
  • Yet we do need some sort of violent metaphor to bring home the length, ferocity and success of the campaign.
  • And the frequency and ferocity of the current crop of storms is truly terrifying.
  • The ferocity of that effort almost reduced the woodwork to rubble.
Synonyms

Origin

mid 16th century: from French, or from Latin ferocitas, from ferox, feroc- 'fierce'.

Definition of ferocity in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day Noel
Pronunciation: nəʊˈɛl
noun
Christmas…