Definition of ferocity in English:



  • [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’
    • ‘They will fight with a ferocity, a determination, and a skill, that will astound us.’
    • ‘The largely unreported clashes that ensued were of exceptional ferocity.’
    • ‘And the frequency and ferocity of the current crop of storms is truly terrifying.’
    • ‘Then I set about it with such ferocity that in minutes it lay in pieces.’
    • ‘Any idea of separating the careers of prosecutor and judge was attacked with ferocity.’
    • ‘Asked about why this issue was so close to her heart, the full ferocity of her anger really takes off.’
    • ‘All the way down from Glasgow there is a downpour of such ferocity that I fear for my life.’
    • ‘That night a wind-storm of unexpected ferocity gathered over the island.’
    • ‘Sandstorms are hardly novel in Beijing, but the sheer ferocity of these tempests was.’
    • ‘Back then, his face had been firm and strong and his bright amber eyes had had a ferocity to them that could be intimidating but also very warm.’
    • ‘Yet we do need some sort of violent metaphor to bring home the length, ferocity and success of the campaign.’
    • ‘This power, we learn, has been asserted with ferocity over the past five decades.’
    • ‘Found in the third century BC, the crocodile was respected by the Egyptians for its power and ferocity.’
    • ‘The sheer ferocity of its will would appear to preclude compromise.’
    • ‘An album that finally demonstrates that ferocity and intelligence coexist beautifully.’
    • ‘The ferocity of that effort almost reduced the woodwork to rubble.’
    • ‘Today for most they are a faded memory; yet at the time, the battle was bloody and fought with great ferocity.’
    • ‘The students' warning is loud and clear, but it has lost its former ferocity and urgency.’
    • ‘The ferocity of the seas and winds however, meant that the rescue was far from straightforward.’
    • ‘Never listen to those who warn that ferocity on our part reduces us to the level of the terrorist.’
    savagery, brutality, brutishness, barbarity, fierceness, violence, aggression, bloodthirstiness, murderousness
    ruthlessness, cruelty, pitilessness, mercilessness, heartlessness, inhumanity, sadism
    intensity, severity, extremity, force, strength
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Mid 16th century: from French, or from Latin ferocitas, from ferox, feroc- fierce.