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.
- From the earliest times, owing to its great strength, speed, and ferocity when at bay, the boar has been one of the favourite beasts of the chase.
- The ferocity of the illness took my father by surprise and he barely made it to the hospital in time to receive treatment.
- Nobody in attendance was expecting the extreme ferocity of the debate, so it made many people feel uncomfortable.