ferocious

  • 1 Ferocious — Fe*ro cious, a. [L. ferox, ocis, fierce: cf. F. f[ e]roce. See {Ferocity}.] Fierce; savage; wild; indicating cruelty; ravenous; rapacious; as, ferocious look or features; a ferocious lion. [1913 Webster] The humbled power of a ferocious enemy.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 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

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

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

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 ferocious — *fierce, truculent, barbarous, savage, inhuman, cruel, fell Analogous words: infuriated, maddened, enraged (see ANGER vb): rapacious, *voracious, ravening, ravenous: relentless, implacable, merciless, *grim Contrasted words: *tame, subdued,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 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,… …

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  • 7 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

  • 8 ferocious — [[t]fəro͟ʊʃəs[/t]] 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.… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

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

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  • 12 ferocious — adjective Etymology: Latin feroc , ferox, literally, fierce looking, from ferus + oc , ox (akin to Greek ōps eye) more at eye Date: 1646 1. exhibiting or given to extreme fierceness and unrestrained violence and brutality < a ferocious predator > …

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  • 13 ferocious — ferociously, adv. ferociousness, n. /feuh roh sheuhs/, adj. 1. savagely fierce, as a wild beast, person, action, or aspect; violently cruel: a ferocious beating. 2. extreme or intense: a ferocious thirst. [1640 50; < L feroc , s. of ferox savage …

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  • 14 ferocious — fe|ro|cious [ fə rouʃəs ] adjective violent and able to cause serious damage or injury: flooding caused by last night s ferocious storm a. severe or strong: The plan met with ferocious criticism. ╾ fe|ro|cious|ly adverb ╾ fe|ro|cious|ness noun… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 ferocious — adjective 1) ferocious animals Syn: fierce, savage, wild, predatory, ravening, aggressive, dangerous 2) a ferocious attack Syn: brutal, vicious, violent, bloody …

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  • 16 ferocious — UK [fəˈrəʊʃəs] / US [fəˈroʊʃəs] adjective 1) violent and able to cause serious damage or injury flooding caused by last night s ferocious storm 2) severe or strong The plan met with ferocious criticism. Derived words: ferociously adverb… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 ferocious — fe•ro•cious [[t]fəˈroʊ ʃəs[/t]] adj. 1) savagely fierce or cruel; violently harsh; brutal: a ferocious beating[/ex] 2) extreme or intense: a ferocious thirst[/ex] • Etymology: 1640–50; < L ferōc , s. of ferōx savage, fierce (fer(us) wild (see… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 Ferocious — Féroce Féroce est un film français de Gilles de Maistre, sorti en 2002. Sommaire 1 Synopsis 2 Fiche technique 3 Distribution 4 Analyse …

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  • 19 ferocious — adj. Ferocious is used with these nouns: ↑assault, ↑beast, ↑row, ↑storm …

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  • 20 ferocious — [17] Etymologically, ferocious means ‘wild eyed’. It comes from Latin ferox, which was originally a compound formed from ferus ‘fierce, wild’ (source of English feral [17]) and an element oc , ox meaning ‘looking, appearing’. This also appears in …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins