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fĕrox , ōcis (
I.gen. plur. ferocum, Albin. 1, 275; abl. sing. feroci, Neue, Formenl. 2, 67 sq.), adj. root in Gr. θήρ, Aeol. φήρ, θηρίον; cf.: ferus, fera; cf. also Zend. dvar, to run, Gr. θρώσκω, θορεῖν, Lat. furere, wild, bold, courageous, warlike, spirited, brave, gallant, savage, headstrong, untamable, fierce, insolent (class.; syn.: dirus, ferus, durus, saevus, crudelis; immanis, immitis, barbarus, etc.).
I. In a good sense: “moechus qui formest ferox,Plaut. Mil. 4, 9, 13: “naturā ferox, vehemens, manu promptus erat,Sall. C. 43 fin.; cf.: “nimium es vehemens feroxque naturā,Cic. Vat. 2, 4: “ferox naturā,Sall. J. 11, 3: “vicimus vi feroces,Plaut. Am. 1, 1, 82: Aequorum magna gens et ferox, warlike, Cic. Rep. 2, 20: “Latium,Hor. C. 1, 35, 10: “Roma,id. ib. 3, 3, 44: “Parthi,id. ib. 3, 2, 3: “Sygambri,id. ib. 4, 2, 34: “miles,id. ib. 1, 6, 3: “Hector,id. ib. 4, 9, 21: virgo (i. e. Minerva), Mart. 14, 179; cf. Sil. 9, 457: “loca amoena, voluptaria facile in otio feroces militum animos molliverat,Sall. C. 11, 5; cf. id. J. 106, 3: “ferox bello,Hor. C. 1, 32, 6; cf.: “feroces ad bellandum,Liv. 38, 13, 11: “adversus pericula ferox,Tac. H. 3, 69 fin.: “Triaria ultra feminam ferox,id. ib. 2, 63: “vir nobilis ac ferox,id. A. 4, 21.—With gen.: “animi,Tac. A. 1, 32. —Sup.: “globus ferocissimorum juvenum,Liv. 1, 12, 9: “auxiliarii,Tac. H. 2, 24: “nullo adversante, cum ferocissimi cecidissent,id. A. 1, 2.
(β). With gen.: “linguae feroces,Tac. H. 1, 35: “ferox scelerum,eager for, prone to crimes, id. A. 4, 12: “deorum Spretor erat mentisque ferox Ixione natus,Ov. M. 8, 614: “scelerum,Tac. A. 4, 12.—
(γ). With in and acc.: “ferox in suos erat miles, ignavus in hostes,Amm. 22, 4, 7.—
(δ). With inf.: “ferox est, viginti minas meas tractare sese,Plaut. As. 2, 4, 62: “odium renovare ferox,Sil. 11, 8.—Hence, adv.: fĕrōcĭter .
2. (Acc. to II.) Fiercely, savagely, insolently: “aspere et ferociter et libere dicta,Cic. Planc. 13, 33: “increpare,Plaut. Am. 1, 1, 58: “dictae sententiae,Liv. 2, 55, 11.— Comp.: “paulo ferocius (exagitatus),Cic. Q. Fr. 2, 13, 2.—Sup.: “obloqui,Curt. 10, 2 fin.
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