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Etymology of ferocity – ferocious

Posted by Johannes on 18 February 2009

Etymology of ferocity
Ferocity
derives from the Latin ferocis, from fera/ferus (wild, savage), which is a transliteration of the Greek Aeolic form feros (φηρός) of theros (gen. of ther; wild animal, beast; θήρ)
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From the same root:
ferocious, ferociously, ferociousness, fierce, fierceness, fiercely

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In modern Greek

a) therio: wild beast [θηρίο]

b) theriodes: ferocious, savage [θηριώδης]

c) theriodia: ferocity, fierceness, atrocity [θηριωδία]

d) therama: prey [θήραμα]

Η λέξη ferocity (θηριωδία, αγριότητα) προέρχεται από το Λατινικό ferocis, από το fera/ferus (άγριος, θηριώδης), το οποίο αποτελεί μεταγραφή της Αιολικής μορφής φηρός του θηρός (γεν. του θήρ -θηρίο-)

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