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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: ferox 'wild-looking', from ferus 'wild'

ferocious

adjective
     
fe‧ro‧cious
1 violent, dangerous, and frightening:
a ferocious, hungry lion
a ferocious battle
The storm grew more and more ferocious with each second.
2 very strong, severe, and unpleasant:
The congressman is one of the President's most ferocious critics.
The heat was ferocious.
He is famous for his ferocious temper.
3 relating to an emotion that is felt very strongly:
Parker was driven by a ferocious determination to succeed.
ferociously adverb

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