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ferocious

adjective uk   /fəˈrəʊ.ʃəs/ us    /-ˈroʊ-/
frightening and violent: a ferocious dog a ferocious battle She's got a ferocious (= very bad) temper. The president came in for some ferocious criticism.Violent or aggressiveUnkind, cruel and unfeelingTreating people or animals badly
ferociously
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
A female lion defends her young ferociously.Violent or aggressiveUnkind, cruel and unfeelingTreating people or animals badly
ferocity
noun [U] uk   /-ˈrɒs.ə.ti/ us    /-ˈrɑː.sə.t̬i/ (also ferociousness)
The ferocity of the attack shocked a lot of people.Violent or aggressiveUnkind, cruel and unfeelingTreating people or animals badly
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