Definition of ferocious in English:



  • 1Savagely fierce, cruel, or violent.

    ‘a ferocious beast’
    ‘a ferocious battle’
    • ‘Those more ferocious animals were kept away while those less dangerous and more pleasing were allowed out.’
    • ‘Panicked images of starvation, destruction, and attacks by various ferocious wild animals clouded her vision.’
    • ‘Far from being the ferocious beast of fishing tales, I have found them shy, and rarely aggressive.’
    • ‘Would it not seem miraculous to the cave person that we could produce fire from our hands and that we could kill even the most ferocious beast just by pointing at it?’
    • ‘They are ferocious beasts, killers, they devour anything in their path.’
    • ‘It was beautiful, it was terrible, it was ferocious, it was the stuff of desperation.’
    • ‘The latter wild and ferocious creatures are so dangerous they have to be anaesthetised fully for Liam to work on them.’
    • ‘Those who oppose the government do so with some trepidation because it used ferocious violence in the past to silence any challenge.’
    • ‘They looked up to see hundreds of small, ferocious looking beasts.’
    • ‘Experts on arguably the nation's most ferocious beast, say the cold February and March mean midges will appear about a month later than normal.’
    • ‘She looked less ferocious and was actually smiling brightly at us.’
    • ‘The Brazilian wilderness provided images for nature in its ferocious, unrelentingly brutal aspect.’
    • ‘She was a ferocious, fierce soldier, one who would go far.’
    • ‘The animal is a most ferocious and savage looking one.’
    brutal, brutish, vicious, violent, bloody, barbarous, barbaric, savage, sadistic, ruthless, remorseless, cruel, pitiless, merciless, heartless, bloodthirsty, murderous, tigerish, wolfish
    fierce, savage, wild, feral, untamed
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    1. 1.1informal Very great; extreme.
      ‘a ferocious headache’
      • ‘As they make their way across the North Pacific to San Francisco ferocious storms and heavy seas will have to be endured.’
      • ‘The ferocious cost-cutting will inevitably have serious implications for airline safety.’
      • ‘Global warming has caused rising sea levels and more ferocious storms with bigger waves.’
      • ‘The tackling from both sides was ferocious and uncompromising.’
      • ‘Chaos descended across South Lakeland at the weekend as severe downpours and ferocious winds caused widespread flooding and damage to property.’
      • ‘She leaned back for a moment to accept everything, a ferocious headache on its way.’
      • ‘One of the most ferocious divides today is that between evangelical and secular America.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sustained rain and ferocious winds caused severe weather conditions across Cumbria overnight on Friday, some of the worst the region has seen for decades.’
      • ‘He doesn't like troublemakers and has his own way of dishing out his own ferocious brand of punishment.’
      • ‘They are built to withstand ferocious conditions at sea, including waves in excess of 23 metres and winds over 100 knots.’
      • ‘The ferocious weather inflicted severe damage to body panels and windscreens.’
      intense, extreme, strong, powerful, fierce, burning, searing
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Mid 17th century: from Latin ferox, feroc- fierce + -ious.