1) ADJ-GRADED A ferocious animal, person, or action is very fierce and violent.

By its very nature a lion is ferocious...

The police had had to deal with some of the most ferocious violence ever seen on the streets of London.

Derived words:
ferociously ADV-GRADED

She kicked out ferociously.

2) ADJ-GRADED A ferocious war, argument, or other form of conflict involves a great deal of anger, bitterness, and determination.

Fighting has been ferocious...

A ferocious battle to select a new parliamentary candidate is in progress.

Derived words:
ferociously ADV-GRADED ADV adj, ADV with v

These days he is ferociously competitive.

3) ADJ-GRADED If you describe actions or feelings as ferocious, you mean that they are intense and determined.

Lindbergh was startled at the ferocious depth of anti-British feeling.

Derived words:
ferociously ADV-GRADED ADV adj

He set himself ferociously tough standards; and he was ardently devoted to ballet.

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  • ferocious — [fə rō′shəs] adj. [< L ferox (gen. ferocis), wild, untamed < ferus, FIERCE + base akin to oculus, EYE + OUS] 1. fierce; savage; violently cruel 2. Informal very great [a ferocious appetite] ferociously adv. ferociousness …   English World dictionary

  • ferocious — index brutal, cruel, harsh, malevolent, malicious, malignant, outrageous, ruthless, vicious …   Law dictionary

  • ferocious — (adj.) 1640s, from L. ferocis, oblique case of ferox fierce, wild looking (see FEROCITY (Cf. ferocity)). Related: Ferociously; ferociousness …   Etymology dictionary

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  • ferocious — [adj] violent, barbaric barbarous, bloodthirsty, brutal, brutish, cruel, fell, feral, fierce, frightful, grim, implacable, inhuman, inhumane, lupine, merciless, murderous, pitiless, predatory, rapacious, ravening, ravenous, relentless, ruthless,… …   New thesaurus

  • ferocious — ► ADJECTIVE 1) savagely fierce, cruel, or violent. 2) informal very great; extreme. DERIVATIVES ferociously adverb ferociousness noun ferocity noun. ORIGIN from Latin ferox fierce …   English terms dictionary

  • ferocious — fe|ro|cious [fəˈrəuʃəs US ˈrou ] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: ferox wild looking , from ferus wild ] 1.) violent, dangerous, and frightening ▪ a ferocious, hungry lion ▪ a ferocious battle ▪ The storm grew more and more ferocious with… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ferocious — adjective 1 violent, dangerous, and frightening: The battle was long and ferocious. | ferocious dogs 2 very strong, severe, and unpleasant: a ferocious headache | The heat was ferocious. ferociously adverb ferociousness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • ferocious — adjective 1) ferocious animals Syn: fierce, savage, wild, predatory, aggressive, dangerous Ant: gentle, tame 2) a ferocious attack Syn: brutal …   Thesaurus of popular words

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