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[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’
savagery, brutality, brutishness, barbarity, fierceness, violence, aggression, bloodthirstiness, murderousnessruthlessness, cruelty, pitilessness, mercilessness, heartlessness, inhumanity, sadismintensity, severity, extremity, force, strengthferityView synonyms
- ‘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.’
Mid 16th century: from French, or from Latin ferocitas, from ferox, feroc- fierce.
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