Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of FEROCIOUS

Pronunciation:  fu'rowshus

WordNet Dictionary
[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
\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.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: abandoned, aggressive, amok, animal, antagonistic, anthropophagous, atrocious, barbaric, barbarous, battling, beastly, bellicose, belligerent, bellowing, berserk, bestial, bloodthirsty, bloody, bloody-minded, brutal, brutalized, brute, brutish, cannibalistic, carried away, chauvinist, chauvinistic, combative, contentious, cruel, cruel-hearted, delirious, demoniac, demoniacal, destructive, devilish, diabolic, diabolical, distracted, Draconian, ecstatic, enemy, enraptured, fell, feral, ferine, fiendish, fiendlike, fierce, fighting, frantic, frenzied, full of fight, fulminating, furious, grim, haggard, hawkish, hellish, hog-wild, hostile, howling, hysterical, implacable, in a transport, in hysterics, infernal, inhuman, inhumane, inimical, intoxicated, jingo, jingoish, jingoist, jingoistic, kill-crazy, mad, madding, malign, malignant, maniac, martial, merciless, militant, militaristic, military, monstrous, murderous, noncivilized, offensive, orgasmic, orgiastic, pitiless, possessed, predatory, pugnacious, quarrelsome, rabid, raging, ramping, ranting, rapacious, ravening, ravenous, raving, ravished, relentless, roaring, running mad, ruthless, saber-rattling, sadistic, sanguinary, sanguineous, satanic, savage, scrappy, sharkish, slavering, soldierlike, soldierly, storming, subhuman, tameless, Tartarean, transported, trigger-happy, truculent, unchristian, uncivilized, uncontrollable, unfriendly, ungentle, unhuman, unpacific, unpeaceable, unpeaceful, untamed, vicious, violent, voracious, warlike, warmongering, warring, wild, wild-eyed, wild-looking, wolfish