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ferociousness


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ferocious  \Fe*ro"cious\,  a.  [L.  ferox,  -ocis,  fierce:  cf  F. 
  f['e]roce.  See  {Ferocity}.] 
  Fierce;  savage;  wild;  indicating  cruelty;  ravenous; 
  rapacious;  as  ferocious  look  or  features;  a  ferocious  lion. 
 
  The  humbled  power  of  a  ferocious  enemy.  --Lowth. 
 
  Syn:  {Ferocious},  {Fierce},  {Savage},  {Barbarous}. 
 
  Usage:  When  these  words  are  applied  to  human  feelings  or 
  conduct,  ferocious  describes  the  disposition;  fierce, 
  the  haste  and  violence  of  an  act  barbarous,  the 
  coarseness  and  brutality  by  which  it  was  marked; 
  savage,  the  cruel  and  unfeeling  spirit  which  it 
  showed.  A  man  is  ferocious  in  his  temper,  fierce  in 
  his  actions,  barbarous  in  the  manner  of  carrying  out 
  his  purposes,  savage  in  the  spirit  and  feelings 
  expressed  in  his  words  or  deeds.  --  {Fe*ro"cious*ly}, 
  adv  --  {Fe*ro"cious*ness},  n. 
 
  It  [Christianity]  has  adapted  the  ferociousness 
  of  war.  --Blair. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ferociousness 
  n  :  the  trait  of  extreme  cruelty  [syn:  {brutality},  {viciousness}, 
  {savageness},  {savagery}] 




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