• WordNet 3.6
    • n ferociousness the trait of extreme cruelty
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ferociousness The quality of being ferocious; savage fierceness; cruelty; ferocity.
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  • 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
    “The public is a ferocious beast. One must either chain it up or flee from it.”


In literature:

Of the Oulimad I know but little, except that they are exceedingly turbulent, even ferocious, in the neighbourhood of Timbuctoo.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
It is instinctive and ferocious.
"A Mummer's Tale" by Anatole France
Storri looked into Richard's eyes; they were less ferocious, but infinitely more relentless than his own.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
And there we were alone, far down in the bowels of the earth, at the mercy of its ferocious inhabitants!
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
It came with a ferocious chorus from throats hoarse with their song of battle.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
It is as cowardly as the jaguar of the lowlands is ferocious.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
They either have poisonous fangs, sharp spines, ferocious claws, or disagreeable odours.
"The Human Side of Animals" by Royal Dixon
A roar of ferocious assent rose from the crowd, which was composed of citizen soldiers and the scum of Paris.
"Saint Bartholomew's Eve" by G. A. Henty
Our jealousies are ferocious, but so are the jealousies of thousands who can neither read nor write.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Ferocious hate, thirst for revenge and flaming anger shone through the coat of paint and were concentrated on the younger of the youths.
"Two Boys in Wyoming" by Edward S. Ellis

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
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
Pardon was the only word, in ferocious cold
like Asiatic prisons, where we live
and strive and strive to forgive.
Melted my honey, summers ago. I told
her true & summer things. She leaned an ear
in my direction, here.
"Dream Song 108: Sixteen below. Our care like stranded hulls" by John Berryman

In news:

Terrell Davis is splendid, John Elway is like fine wine and Bill Romanowski leads a ferocious defense.
A sort of gangster, Yojimbo, Kitano's latest is not exactly a return to form but its Yakuza slapstick can be pretty ferocious.
The fighters spent most of the sixth round exchanging ferocious blows when Marquez unleashed the monster punch that ended the fight at 2:59 of the sixth round.
FLINT, Mich.– The ferociousness that won Claressa Shields (pictured) an Olympic gold medal melted away as she climbed on the podium to claim it.
The ferociously witty emo rock musical about the seventh president swings with the unbridled energy of a Western carnival ride operated by Monty Python.
However, this kid was caught in the act thanks to his ferocious snoring and sudden upwards leap.
When faced with the most ferocious waves on the planet, most people would seek protection in the largest, sturdiest vessel they could find.
The Palestinian civilian death toll mounts as Israel ferociously pursues Gaza Strip militants who are menacing nearly half of Israel's population with rocket fire.
A ferociously unhinged one, at that.
At Pivot, the conference I run, Brian Solis, the host and I make a ferocious point that we aren't interested in doing a Social Media or Social Marketing event.
Galactic collisions are among the most ferocious and stunning events in our universe.
Neighbors and Samaritans scour the crash scene, and one even ducks into the hole where the jet fuel is beginning to burn ferociously.
But the alterations the APA announced for DSM-5 this week sparked unusually ferocious attacks from critics , many of them highly prominent psychiatrists.
Have you ever listened to the slow, rhythmic tapping of a few drops of water on your window sill and wondered how that simple sound might be related to the ferocious noise of a torrential downpour.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid survived a ferocious challenge from tea party star Sharron Angle on Tuesday to win a fifth term.

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