F f


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [feer-ahyn, -in]
    • /ˈfɪər aɪn, -ɪn/
    • /ˈfɪə.raɪn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feer-ahyn, -in]
    • /ˈfɪər aɪn, -ɪn/

Definitions of ferine word

  • abbreviation FERINE feral1 . 1
  • noun ferine (now rare) Pertaining to wild, menacing animals; feral. 1
  • abbreviation FERINE feral 0
  • adjective ferine (now rare) Pertaining to wild, menacing animals; feral. 0

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Origin of ferine

First appearance:

before 1530
One of the 29% oldest English words
1530-40; < Latin ferīnus, equivalent to fer(a) a wild animal (noun use of feminine of ferus wild) + -īnus -ine1

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Parts of speech for Ferine


ferine popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 68% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 71% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

ferine usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for ferine

adv ferine

  • abominable — Something that is abominable is very unpleasant or bad.
  • animal — An animal is a living creature such as a dog, lion, or rabbit, rather than a bird, fish, insect, or human being.
  • barbarous — If you describe something as barbarous, you strongly disapprove of it because you think that it is rough and uncivilized.
  • base — The base of something is its lowest edge or part.
  • bestial — If you describe behaviour or a situation as bestial, you mean that it is very unpleasant or disgusting.

adj ferine

  • savage — fierce, ferocious, or cruel; untamed: savage beasts.
  • rude — discourteous or impolite, especially in a deliberate way: a rude reply.
  • beastly — If you describe something as beastly, you mean that it is very unpleasant.
  • unfeeling — not feeling; devoid of feeling; insensible or insensate.
  • inhumane — not humane; lacking humanity, kindness, compassion, etc.

adjective ferine

  • crude — A crude method or measurement is not exact or detailed, but may be useful or correct in a rough, general way.
  • rough — having a coarse or uneven surface, as from projections, irregularities, or breaks; not smooth: rough, red hands; a rough road.
  • vicious — addicted to or characterized by vice; grossly immoral; depraved; profligate: a vicious life.

Antonyms for ferine

adv ferine

  • good — Graph-Oriented Object Database
  • kind — of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: a kind and loving person.
  • nice — pleasing; agreeable; delightful: a nice visit.
  • superior — higher in station, rank, degree, importance, etc.: a superior officer.
  • inoffensive — causing no harm, trouble, or annoyance: a mild, inoffensive man.

adj ferine

  • humane — characterized by tenderness, compassion, and sympathy for people and animals, especially for the suffering or distressed: humane treatment of prisoners.
  • generous — liberal in giving or sharing; unselfish: a generous patron of the arts; a generous gift.
  • gentle — kindly; amiable: a gentle manner.
  • mild — amiably gentle or temperate in feeling or behavior toward others.
  • weak — not strong; liable to yield, break, or collapse under pressure or strain; fragile; frail: a weak fortress; a weak spot in armor.

adjective ferine

  • civilised — to bring out of a savage, uneducated, or rude state; make civil; elevate in social and private life; enlighten; refine: Rome civilized the barbarians.

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