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Meaning of FEROCIOUS

Pronunciation:  fu'rowshus

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adj]  marked by extreme and violent energy; "a ferocious beating"; "fierce fighting"; "a furious battle"
 

FEROCIOUS is a 9 letter word that starts with F.

 

 Synonyms: fierce, furious, savage, violent
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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.

      The humbled power of a ferocious enemy.  --Lowth.

Syn: {Ferocious}, {Fierce}, {Savage}, {Barbarous}.

Usage: When these words are applied to human feelings or
       conduct, ferocious describes the disposition; fierce,
       the haste and violence of an act; barbarous, the
       coarseness and brutality by which it was marked;
       savage, the cruel and unfeeling spirit which it
       showed. A man is ferocious in his temper, fierce in
       his actions, barbarous in the manner of carrying out
       his purposes, savage in the spirit and feelings
       expressed in his words or deeds. -- {Fe*ro"cious*ly},
       adv. -- {Fe*ro"cious*ness}, n.

             It [Christianity] has adapted the ferociousness
             of war.                           --Blair.

 
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