ferocity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ferocity the property of being wild or turbulent "the storm's violence"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The English Romantic poet Lord Byron was so devastated upon the death of his beloved Newfoundland, whose name was Boatswain, that he had inscribed upon the dog's gravestone the following: "Beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without ferocity, and all the virtues of man without his vices."
    • n Ferocity Savage wildness or fierceness; fury; cruelty; as, ferocity of countenance. "The pride and ferocity of a Highland chief."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ferocity The quality of being ferocious; ferocious or fierce character or disposition; savage wildness or fierceness; fury; cruelty: as, the ferocity of barbarians.
    • n ferocity = Syn, Savageness, barbarity, inhumanity, ruthlessness, mercilessness, brutality.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ferocity savage cruelty of disposition: untamed fierceness
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Quotations

  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ferocitas, fr. ferox, -ocis, fierce, kin to ferus, wild: cf. F. ferocité,. See Fierce
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ferox, ferocis, wild—ferus, wild.

Usage

In literature:

The unnamable ferocity that marks the death-leap of the wild hunters was in his face.
"The Sky Line of Spruce" by Edison Marshall
That suggests that the owner of the hand was in a state of ferocity and tightened nerves.
"The Moon Rock" by Arthur J. Rees
It is not appetite, it is ferocity.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
Roaring Dick was on his man with the quickness and ferocity of a wildcat.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
So he lay quite still, following Ted's movements with its great, dark eyes, out of which all the ferocity had vanished.
"Ted Strong's Motor Car" by Edward C. Taylor
Fighting proceeded in La Tir in stages of ferocity and blank silence.
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer
The ring of white round the pupils of his eyes gave an impression of insanity or animal ferocity.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
Foreign war now commenced, and raged with unusual ferocity.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
The actors of the drama were in better humor than before, and uproarious mirth had succeeded to ferocity.
"Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia" by William Gilmore Simms
She still retained more feminine ferocity than social usage permits her sex.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
Bruce sat apart, the shades on his rugged face gradually deepening from sullenness into ferocity.
"Guy Livingstone;" by George A. Lawrence
They were conducted with all the ferocity of a real fight; no point was neglected.
"The Young Man and the World" by Albert J. Beveridge
There must be the ferocity of barbarians bearing knife and torch: of the hordes of the Huns and Vandals.
"Destiny" by Charles Neville Buck
MONUMENTS OF IGNORANCE, SUPERSTITION, AND FEROCITY; AND MODERN RELIGIONS ARE BUT ANCIENT FOLLIES REVIVED.
"Superstition In All Ages (1732)" by Jean Meslier
Castro's ferocity was so remarkable that for a moment it struck me as put on.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
The humanity of your character and the ferocity of mine were equally suitable to the nations over which we reigned.
"Dialogues of the Dead" by Lord Lyttelton
No people ever exhibited greater ferocity.
"History Of Ancient Civilization" by Charles Seignobos
There is ferocity in every passion, even in love itself.
"Tales Of Hearsay" by Joseph Conrad
He was, with a young man's squeamishness, rather sick of her ferocity.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
The strength of this animal equals his ferocity.
"Quadrupeds, What They Are and Where Found" by Mayne Reid
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In poetry:

Yet in that drowsy stream his flesh imbibes
And old unquenched, unsmotherable heat-
The curbed ferocity of beaten tribes,
The sullen dignity of their defeat.
"The Zulu Girl" by Roy Campbell
And so the day of unction ends;
Six bulls are dragged across the sand.
Ferocity and worship blends,
Religion and red thirst hold hands . . .
Dear Christ! 'Tis hard to understand!
"The Bulls" by Robert W Service
For many a promise sworn by royal lips, and broken, and laugh'd at in
the breaking,
Then in their power, not for all these, did the blows strike revenge,
or the heads of the nobles fall;
The People scorn'd the ferocity of kings.
"Europe, The 72d And 73d Years Of These States" by Walt Whitman

In news:

EVANSVILLE — Amanda Cushing was startled by the ferocity of the postings filling up her Facebook page after Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy made remarks supporting traditional marriage last month.
The ferocity of its opposition to President Obama is mystifying to political progressives.
At their new store, Natalie and Christina Albina dress women with a New York ferocity typically unseen in Washington.
They may even applaud its ferocity.
When the Pac-12's smallest stadium — by far — isn't sold out 10 days before the Apple Cup, you've got to question the ferocity of this in-state rivalry.
PJ Harvey is beloved for a cornucopia of reasons -- her ferocity, her frankness, that wild, slicing yelp -- but looseness has never been one of them.
Good evening… President Obama toured city neighborhoods where Hurricane Sandy's ferocity was greatest, praising the city's resiliency while pledging federal assistance to those whose lives were forever changed by the killer storm.
Exodus from Syria sign of ferocity of violence since '11.
While rain had been predicted, the ferocity of the storm, the remnant of Hurricane Isaac, caught many completely off-guard.
Readers respond to articles that touch them with such ferocity it's scary.
Ruth Laredo , a classical pianist whose style combined passionate ferocity with refined elegance, died May 25 of ovarian cancer, which she had battled for four years.
Naismith Hall of Famer Slater Martin was known for his ferocity on the basketball court.
The FAO seminar was led by Fouad Abiad with IFBB Pros Seth Feroce and Jason Huh participating in answering audience questions.
An evening of terror gripped Oklahoma on Monday as tornado after tornado battered the state with a ferocity that stunned even seasoned storm veterans.
The new album captures the anger and ferocity of 2001's Iowa, and the experimentation of 2004's Vol 3 (The Subliminal Verses), to arrive at Slipknot 's heaviest and most diverse effort.
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In science:

Il cielo non `e pi`u celeste e senti continua scrosciare la pioggia; salita dal mare, la nube si addensa in tempeste oscure d’orribile pioggia; il cielo precipita in terra e scende feroce a far guerra.
Carlo Cercignani's Interests for the Foundations of Physics
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