ferity

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin feritas, from ferus (wild).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ferity (uncountable)

  1. The quality or fact of being wild or in a wild state; wildness, brutishness.
    • 1658, Sir Thomas Browne, Urne-Burial (Penguin 2005, p. 29)
      To burn the bones of the King of Edom for Lyme, seems no irrationall ferity.
    • 1862, Henry David Thoreau, Walking
      The wildness of the savage is but a faint symbol of the awful ferity with which good men and lovers meet.

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