Ferocity Fe*roc"i*ty, n. [L. ferocitas, fr. ferox, -ocis, fierce, kin to ferus wild: cf. F. ferocit['e]. See {Fierce}.] Savage wildness or fierceness; fury; cruelty; as, ferocity of countenance. [1913 Webster]

The pride and ferocity of a Highland chief. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

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