Phrases with "ferocity"

D. H. Lawrence Asserting with that curious dark ferocity that he was bigger than the mountains. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Edgar Allan Poe I joined the weaker party, arming myself with the weapons of a fallen officer, and fighting I knew not whom with the nervous ferocity of despair. A Tale of the Ragged Mountains by Edgar Allan Poe [1844]

Victor Hugo It was cultivated ferocity against barbarism. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

No one could live in that destructive ferocity of flame; both his patient and Mrs. Portman must already have perished. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Ann Radcliffe She immediately sent offers of immense ransom to the baron, for the restoration of her son, and the other prisoners; but the ferocity of his nature disdained an incomplete triumph. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Tobias Smolle Such an instance of repeated ingratitude and brutal ferocity divested Mr. Greaves of his temper and forbearance. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Anthony Trollope She had on her head a wonderful tiara, which gave to her appearance a ferocity almost greater than was natural to her. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

His house was small, and besides a common salle-à-manger, divided into four compartments for his four wives, each defending her room with the ferocity of a tigress. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Anthony Trollope Do you love any one?” “Yes,” she said turning round at him with ferocity and shouting out her answer as she pressed on. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

But the old man, the veteran of many a scene of excitement, where men disguise their ferocity in calm tones, and varnish their fury with smiles, had not quite lost his self-command. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Edgar Rice Burroughs It blew down the river upon us with a ferocity and suddenness that took our breaths away, and before we could get a chance to make the shore it became too late. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Percy Bysshe Shelley A more decisive argument is afforded by a consideration of the universal connexion of ferocity of manners, and a contempt of social ties, with the contempt of human life. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

A mood of ferocity woke up in him, and, as always at such times, he became physically aware of the sheeted knife strapped to his leg. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

His eyes glared, his nostrils dilated, and his face exhibited the baffled ferocity of a wild beast that had suddenly found itself caught in a trap. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Richard Burton There are two things which tend to soften the ferocity of Badawi life. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

In my cordial glow, I bantered him light-heartedly about his ferocity and his strength. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

The Latins, on their entrance into Constantinople, respected neither the works of God nor man, but vented their brutal ferocity upon the one, and satisfied their avarice upon the other. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

John Morley There had been disorders, and Paris still had ferocity in her mien. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Jack London So White Fang could only eat his heart in bitterness and develop a hatred and malice commensurate with the ferocity and indomitability of his nature. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Tobias Smolle The Count’s ferocity did not return with his health. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

Florence Dixie Let me whisper it, — I accepted her terms, nay, with cold-blooded ferocity unfolded to her my plan. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Virginia Woolf Mary and Mr. Clacton argued with a cogency and a ferocity which made the little woman feel that something very important — she hardly knew what — was taking place. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Those Christian people were governed by one man, Sultan Kin, who had a deputy called Wurrah, renowned alike for his ferocity of character and his ability to govern. Journal of Adventures in Somali Land by John Hanning Speke [1864]

On one occasion, they were enslaved by a more powerful tribe; but their ferocity soon made them formidable to their masters. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

These mythological horrors gave the luxurious room an intensely disagreeable, lugubrious aspect, and testified to the natural ferocity and cruelty of the person who had selected them. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Anthony Trollope It imparted a certain look of ferocity to him, which was apt to make men afraid of him at first sight. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

John Morley It soon appeared that the old Parisian ferocity was still alive. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Leslie Stephen He forced himself upon ministers by self-assertion; and he held them in awe of him as the lion-tamer keeps down the latent ferocity of the wild beast. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Ann Radcliffe The lamp he held threw a gleam athwart it, and shewed the gaunt ferocity of famine, to which the shadow of his hollow eyes added a terrific wildness. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Jack London It was not so much White Fang’s ferocity as it was his silence that unnerved the groom. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Charles Dickens My heart is green enough to scorn and despise every man among you, band of robbers that you are!’ This incautious speech by no means tended to appease the ferocity of the crowd. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Charles Dickens The mad joy over the prisoners who were saved, had astounded him scarcely less than the mad ferocity against those who were cut to pieces. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Arnold Bennett Edwin, like many timid men, often used forbidden words with much ferocity in private. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Edgar Allan Poe At the time spoken of, he had on a portion of one of these bearskins; and it added no little to the natural ferocity of his countenance, which betook of the Upsaroka character. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Anthony Trollope He could picture to himself the ferocity of the mother, defending her young as a lioness would her whelp. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Annette did not know that the wall and the fence and the trees were there to protect the house from the east wind, which in winter swept with arctic ferocity from the sea. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

There is ferocity in every passion, even in love itself. Prince Roman by Joseph Conrad [1911]

And the absurd ferocity of such a demonstration will affect them more profoundly than the mangling of a whole street — or theatre — full of their own kind. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

At the taking of the stockade he had distinguished himself greatly by the methodical ferocity of his fighting. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

There was a time when, from the ferocity of their manners, the French were reckoned barbarians. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Any thing of ferocity appeared congenial and balsamic to him; and, with oaths, that froze my blood, swore he liked me the better for my resolution. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Now that she believed herself to be no longer observed, a sentiment resembling ferocity animated her countenance. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

The wind blew with such ferocity that it was difficult not to think it an animated being. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

The angelical character of the forehead gradually spread downwards, and in time tempered even the ferocity of the terrible jaw. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Wilkie Collins Those men will wait their opportunity with the patience of cats, and will use it with the ferocity of tigers. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Her firm mouth, with the lips slightly parted and disclosing a gleam of white teeth, put a vague suggestion of ferocity into the impatient expression of her features. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Henry Adams One’s best friends were as unreasonable as enemies, for the belief in poor Mr. Lincoln’s brutality and Seward’s ferocity became a dogma of popular faith. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

The two barbarian traits, ferocity and astuteness, go to make up the predaceous temper or spiritual attitude. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Anthony Trollope Gradually there came across his face, or she fancied that it was so, a look of ferocity which thoroughly frightened her. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Those steely-blue eyes of his flashed with positive ferocity out of that black-bearded face. The Black Mate by Joseph Conrad [1908]

These were not enough to satisfy the ferocity of the catholic soldiery, who revelled for many days in the infliction of all that brutal lust or savage cruelty can suggest to men. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

If I refuse to pay this money his ferocity will be multiplied by a hundredfold. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

When he came to the water, where he did not wish to wade, he hopped over on his axe, and fiercely advanced, with savage ferocity pacing the broad snow-covered glade. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

Rudyard Kipling Then the Press roars about the brutal ferocity of the Pagan. The Italian reconstructs his friend with a long knife. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

D. H. Lawrence She was ready at any minute to fight with ferocity in his defence, now he was hurt. Love Among the Haystacks by D. H. Lawrence [1930]

Edgar Rice Burroughs The guards saw it too, and the ferocity of their rage was terrible to behold. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

John Morley This is the vindictive ferocity which only civil war can kindle. Burke by John Morley [1879]

In Oliver Twist, Hard Times, Bleak House, Little Dorrit, Dickens attacked English institutions with a ferocity that has never since been approached. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

Augustine Birrell He deplores the ferocity of Parker’s tone and that of a certain number of the clergy. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

George Gissing He sees commerce from the human point of view, not as the brutal pitiless struggle which justifies every form of ferocity and of low cunning. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

The ferocity of Caligula, if diverted in that direction, would seem to me almost praiseworthy. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

A half-civilised ferocity lurked yet in the depressed brows and eyes full of black fire, but it was subdued; and his manner was even dignified: quite divested of roughness, though too stern for grace. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Gustave Flauber Moreover, it was believed that an immolation by fire would purify Carthage. The ferocity of the people was predisposed towards it. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Edgar Rice Burroughs Grim ferocity marked their bestial facesbared fangs menaced us. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Some peculiar lines between these contracted brows gave a character of ferocity to this forbidding and sensual face. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

I myself was attacked last night upon the same spot and, from the ferocity of the attack, was fortunate to have escaped with my life. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Anthony Trollope Nowhere else is there the same good humoured, affectionate, prize-fighting ferocity in politics. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

There was hate in the way she was handled, and a ferocity in the blows that fell. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Virginia Woolf He set it down in a chair opposite him, and ate with a ferocity that was due partly to anger and partly to hunger. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Anthony Trollope Lord Chiltern, when she spoke to him, knit his brows with an apparent ferocity of anger which his countenance frequently expressed without any intention of ferocity on his part. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Mary Webb Then, as the pack, with a ferocity of triumph, was flinging itself upon her, she was gone. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Robert Louis Stevenson One by one at first, then in gradually increasing numbers, at every shelter that was seen, whole troops left the waning squadrons, and rushed to hide themselves from the ferocity of the tempest. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ralph Waldo Emerson The alleged power to charm down insanity, or ferocity in beasts, is a power behind the eye. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Mary Webb The shadows of the leaves rippled over him like water, and often he looked up at the white spires of bloom with a proprietary eye, for his bees were working there with a ferocity of industry. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

George Gissing Their ferocity was excited, and they longed for the sight of blood. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Henry James They were now more precious than ever, and a kind of ferocity had come into my desire to possess them. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Rafael Sabatini The Count looked pale and harassed, and he had lost all the ferocity of manner that had earlier marked him. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

F. Scott Fitzgerald With his hand on the knob he paused, turned around, and in a voice curiously compounded of ferocity and uncertainty, he said: “If that girl comes in here again, you tell her to behave. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Castro’s ferocity was so remarkable that for a moment it struck me as put on. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

There was no general retreat; at many points the fight continued, with lessening ferocity and lengthening range, well into the night. What Occurred at Franklin by Ambrose Bierce [1906]

Rudyard Kipling Then the press roars about the brutal ferocity of the pagan. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Grimes, whose delirium had apparently increased, had succeeded in forcing his way through the rude fence of brushwood, and had thrown himself upon Bates with the ferocity of insanity. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Edgar Allan Poe I wish you also to look at the brutal ferocity of these deeds. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

Charles Dickens WHEN the King heard how Thomas a Becket had lost his life in Canterbury Cathedral, through the ferocity of the four Knights, he was filled with dismay. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

William Makepeace Thackeray My wife, or rather Bobbachy’s wife, sat still, a little flurried by the unusual ferocity which her lord had displayed in her presence. The Tremendous Adventures of Major Gahagan by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

She was no stranger to abuse, as we know, but there seemed to be a particular kind of ferocity in this which was new to her. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

D. H. Lawrence And if I can’t get these rushes of energy, I’M DYING, AND I KNOW I AM.” He spoke the last words with sudden ferocity and desperation. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle The ferocity of the Privy Council, after the rebellion was quelled, arose from their knowledge of how very close it had been to success. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

The ferocity shown by the Mexicans seems to have been a thing for which Cortes was wholly unprepared. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Arthur Conan Doyle His head was horribly injured, and the whole room bore witness to the savage ferocity of the blow which had struck him down. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Their pent-up ferocity exploded at the sight. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

George Gissing The veins upon his forehead were swollen; his clenched teeth gave an appearance of ferocity to his spirited features. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Anthony Trollope Such a one will occasionally surprise his latter-day associates by the sudden ferocity of his brow, by the hardness of his voice, and by an apparently unaccustomed use of violent words. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence Mrs Bodoin, deliberately scheming for Virginia, kept moderately cool over it, but even she was thrilled to the marrow, and of an intensity and ferocity with the decorators and furnishers, astonishing. Mother and Daughter by D. H. Lawrence [1929]

Men did, indeed, bring the pestilent sparrows which swarm about their habitations here, and beat away the gentler and lovelier birds with a ferocity unknown in the human occupation of the islands. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

He dashed into the bush, his pale grey eyes gleaming with ferocity and triumph, and dragged Bertha out and devoured her to the last morsel. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki