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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fuh-roh-shuh s]
    • /fəˈroʊ ʃəs/
    • /fəˈrəʊ.ʃəs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fuh-roh-shuh s]
    • /fəˈroʊ ʃəs/

Definitions of ferocious word

  • adjective ferocious savagely fierce, as a wild beast, person, action, or aspect; violently cruel: a ferocious beating. 1
  • adjective ferocious extreme or intense: a ferocious thirst. 1
  • noun ferocious Savagely fierce, cruel, or violent. 1
  • adjective ferocious animal: fierce 1
  • adjective ferocious intense 1
  • adjective ferocious A ferocious animal, person, or action is very fierce and violent. 0

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Origin of ferocious

First appearance:

before 1640
One of the 44% oldest English words
1640-50; < Latin ferōc-, stem of ferōx savage, fierce (fer(us) wild (see feral1, fierce) + -ōx having such an appearance; akin to -opsis) + -ious

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ferocious popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for ferocious

adj ferocious

  • savage — fierce, ferocious, or cruel; untamed: savage beasts.
  • murderous — of the nature of or involving murder: a murderous deed.
  • ruthless — without pity or compassion; cruel; merciless: a ruthless tyrant.
  • cruel — Someone who is cruel deliberately causes pain or distress to people or animals.
  • vehement — zealous; ardent; impassioned: a vehement defense; vehement enthusiasm.

adjective ferocious

  • violent — acting with or characterized by uncontrolled, strong, rough force: a violent earthquake.
  • aggressive — An aggressive person or animal has a quality of anger and determination that makes them ready to attack other people.
  • unruly — not submissive or conforming to rule; ungovernable; turbulent; intractable; refractory; lawless: an unruly class; an unruly wilderness.
  • barbaric — If you describe someone's behaviour as barbaric, you strongly disapprove of it because you think that it is extremely cruel or uncivilized.
  • intense — existing or occurring in a high or extreme degree: intense heat.

Antonyms for ferocious

adj ferocious

  • kind — of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: a kind and loving person.
  • pleasant — pleasing, agreeable, or enjoyable; giving pleasure: pleasant news.
  • compassionate — If you describe someone or something as compassionate, you mean that they feel or show pity, sympathy, and understanding for people who are suffering.
  • considerate — Someone who is considerate pays attention to the needs, wishes, or feelings of other people.
  • merciful — full of mercy; characterized by, expressing, or showing mercy; compassionate: a merciful God.

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