ferocious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj ferocious marked by extreme and violent energy "a ferocious beating","fierce fighting","a furious battle"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Ferocious Fierce; savage; wild; indicating cruelty; ravenous; rapacious; as, ferocious look or features; a ferocious lion. "The humbled power of a ferocious enemy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ferocious Of a fierce or cruel nature; savage; wild; rapacious: as, a ferocious disposition; ferocious savages; a ferocious lion.
    • ferocious Indicating or expressive of ferocity: as, a ferocious look.
    • ferocious Synonyms Untamed, cruel, fell, ruthless, relentless, pitiless, merciless, brutal, inhuman, sanguinary, bloody, furious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Ferocious fe-rō′shus savage, fierce: cruel
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Quotations

  • Hamlin Garland
    Hamlin Garland
    “There is no gilding of setting sun or glamour of poetry to light up the ferocious and endless toil of the farmers wives.”
  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    “The public is a ferocious beast. One must either chain it up or flee from it.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ferox, -ocis, fierce: cf. F. féroce,. See Ferocity
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ferox, ferocis, wild—ferus, wild.

Usage

In literature:

Presently the huge head of a ferocious-looking animal appeared glaring at us from among the grass.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
But these seemingly ferocious dogs were in reality the gentlest and meekest of animals.
"Freaks on the Fells" by R.M. Ballantyne
He sat down and scowled ferociously at Doyle.
"General John Regan" by George A. Birmingham
Now torture and ferocious penalties have reached another stage.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
She wanted to act ferocious; but unfortunately she could think of nothing more to say.
"The Tale of the The Muley Cow" by Arthur Scott Bailey
We watch him, admiring his ferocious aspect, combating with death.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Straight up the slide of broken rock he came, where Wahb, ferocious with pain, was waiting on the ledge.
"The Biography of a Grizzly" by Ernest Thompson Seton
The human voice was given us to procure respect, which it will do from the most ferocious of animals.
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid
If she had been a tigress with her prey she could not have been more ferocious with the mouse.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
Then, all of a sudden, two ferocious dogs rushed out upon the girl, clamored round her, and tried to stop her way.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
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In poetry:

So ferocious was his manner
All his crew looked on, aghast;
And his fearful pirate banner
Floated from his pirate mast.
"The Pirate Poodle" by Carolyn Wells
There lowly in the vigorous summer
His form began its senseless change,
And made my senses waver dim
Seeing nature ferocious in him.
"The Groundhog" by Richard Eberhart
Where the gray colts and the ten-year-old fillies,
Saturday's triumph and joy?
Gone, like our friend (--Greek--) Achilles,
Homer's ferocious old boy.
"Questions And Answers" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Seventy ells and four extended
On the grass the vessel's keel;
High above it, gilt and splendid,
Rose the figure-head ferocious
With its crest of steel.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XIII. -- The Building Of" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In him the savage virtue of the Race,
Revenge and all ferocious thoughts were dead:
Nor did he change; but kept in lofty place
The wisdom which adversity had bred.
"Song at the Feast of Brougham Castle" by William Wordsworth
Nay, though another should have shared the guilt
Of this most foul and most ferocious deed,
Yet she is guilty of the blood thus spilt—
Justice accepts no offering in her stead.
"Dirge For Jessie Macpherson" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

After lobbying ferociously to prevent Elizabeth Warren from running the new.
After Ferocious Texas Tornadoes, Two Incredibly Welcome Words: 'No Deaths'.
Chinese Year Of The Dragon Postage Stamp Deemed 'Too Ferocious '.
Visa Survey Shows Ferocious Last-Minute Gift-Buying Surge.
'Straw Dogs' is still ferocious .
Ferocious rain storm downs trees in Linden.
The Ferocious Life and Tragic Death of a Super Bowl Star.
Rex indeed a ferocious killer.
After a rigorous year of booking shows around town and with a new EP, A Thousand Trucks, available for download, Knoxville's Faux Ferocious seem poised to spread their short and punchy pop-rock style to audiences across state lines.
The Most Ferocious Man-Eating Lions.
News Sports LADY BRUINS FEROCIOUS IN LANCER MAULING.
Ferocious Hurricane Punishes the Gulf Coast.
Cautionary Tales of Wisdom in Ferocious Forms.
Ferocious Click to enlarge.
The ferocious You Are Not I (1982), adapted from a Paul Bowles story, unfolds inside the mind of a schizophrenic.
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In science:

Tartaglia fought ferociously against Cardano, Ferrari, and Sciopone Ferro, for stealing his solution of the Cubic Equation.
On the Complete Solution to the Most General Fifth Degree Polynomial
This behavior, Feroci et al. (1999) advanced, is unexpected and quite difficult to explai n in the magnetar framework.
A white dwarf-neutron star relativistic binary model for soft gamma-ray repeaters
Frontera, F., Costa, E., dal Fiume, D., Feroci, M., Nicastro, L., Orlandini, M., Palazzi, E., and Zavattini, G., “PDS experiment on board the BeppoSAX satellite: design and in-flight performance results,” in [EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII, Oswald H.
New results on focusing of gamma-rays with Laue lenses
Though, as it nears the coast and the gradient increases, the wind speed picks up – and can lead to the feroci ous storms that are a part of Antarctic folklore.
Astronomy in Antarctica
They are highly luminous (L ∼ 105–106L(cid:12) ) and drive ferocious winds, which, when integrated over the entire WR phase, can deposit an amount of mechanical energy comparable to that released by a supernova blast.
Red Eyes on Wolf-Rayet Stars: 60 New Discoveries via Infrared Color Selection
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