Definition of ferocity in English:

ferocity

nounPlural 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’
    • ‘The largely unreported clashes that ensued were of exceptional ferocity.’
    • ‘All the way down from Glasgow there is a downpour of such ferocity that I fear for my life.’
    • ‘Today for most they are a faded memory; yet at the time, the battle was bloody and fought with great ferocity.’
    • ‘Then I set about it with such ferocity that in minutes it lay in pieces.’
    • ‘They will fight with a ferocity, a determination, and a skill, that will astound us.’
    • ‘Never listen to those who warn that ferocity on our part reduces us to the level of the terrorist.’
    • ‘Any idea of separating the careers of prosecutor and judge was attacked with 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.’
    • ‘An album that finally demonstrates that ferocity and intelligence coexist beautifully.’
    • ‘Found in the third century BC, the crocodile was respected by the Egyptians for its power and ferocity.’
    • ‘This power, we learn, has been asserted with ferocity over the past five decades.’
    • ‘And the frequency and ferocity of the current crop of storms is truly terrifying.’
    • ‘The sheer ferocity of its will would appear to preclude compromise.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The ferocity of that effort almost reduced the woodwork to rubble.’
    • ‘Sandstorms are hardly novel in Beijing, but the sheer ferocity of these tempests was.’
    • ‘That night a wind-storm of unexpected ferocity gathered over the island.’
    • ‘Asked about why this issue was so close to her heart, the full ferocity of her anger really takes off.’
    • ‘Yet we do need some sort of violent metaphor to bring home the length, ferocity and success of the campaign.’
    savagery, brutality, brutishness, barbarity, fierceness, violence, aggression, bloodthirstiness, murderousness
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from French, or from Latin ferocitas, from ferox, feroc- ‘fierce’.

Pronunciation

ferocity

/fəˈrɒsɪti/