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 rival forces met at Sievershausen on the 9th of July 1553, and after a combat of unusual ferocity Albert was put to flight.
- It was said to exceed all other American mammals in ferocity of disposition and muscular strength.
- The ferocity of the illness took my father by surprise and he barely made it to the hospital in time to receive treatment.