Origin of ferocityFrench ferocité from Classical Latin ferocitas
A dog shows his ferocity.
Ferocity is defined as the state of being wild or fierce.
The extreme and wild nature of a storm is an example of the ferocity of the storm.
the state or quality of being ferocious
(countable and uncountable, plural ferocities)
- The condition of being ferocious.
- The signs at the zoo made visitors aware of the ferocity of the caged animals.
- Many natives, even if armed, refuse, however, to molest an adult male gorilla, on account of its ferocity when wounded.
- The ferocity of the illness took my father by surprise and he barely made it to the hospital in time to receive treatment.
- Their ferocious appearance, and not infrequently the habits of their owners, have given this breed a reputation for ferocity and low intelligence.
- In confinement it evinces great ferocity, opening its mouth and erecting its fangs, from which the poison is seen to flow in drops.