a menacingly wild, savage, or hostile quality or character: In spite of the fierceness of the enemy barrage, the line was made secure.After many threats, he rushed at me with the fierceness of a wolf.
violent force, intensity, etc.: Already the sudden storm is passing, and its fierceness is abating.
furious eagerness or intensity of emotion, etc.: As I read her novel my heart was moved by the fierceness of her love for humanity.
the quality of being extremely bad or severe: Only by the fifth day, when the fierceness of the headache started to decrease, was she able to move normally again.
- o·ver·fierce·ness, noun
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How to use fierceness in a sentence
This division has made partisan fights about Covid-19 especially fierce and consequential, particularly between Democratic leaders, including Evers, and Republican leaders in charge of the state’s Assembly and Senate.How pandemic fatigue and polarization led to Wisconsin’s massive Covid-19 outbreak | German Lopez | October 23, 2020 | Vox
We have to learn to hear criticism and fierce debate without thinking it’s a bad thing but rather could lead to compromise and consensus.Morning Report: Where the Board of Supes Might Head if GOP Keeps Control | Voice of San Diego | October 21, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
An advocate of progressive, socially-minded economic policies, Reich is a fierce critic of unfettered free-market capitalism, which he believes has yielded the heightened economic inequality plaguing the United States today.The system is ‘rigged’: Robert Reich on the Supreme Court, economic inequality, and his Twitter beef with Elon Musk | reymashayekhi | October 12, 2020 | Fortune
If he’s successful, HBO Max’s competition will become even fiercer.
Airborne transmission has become a topic of fierce contention, partly because it makes it far riskier to reopen spaces like restaurants, gyms, bars, schools, and offices.The CDC has finally acknowledged that the coronavirus can be airborne | Charlotte Jee | October 6, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
The local police have praised the women for fighting back and said their fierceness kept the assaults from moving further.
I asked Tsukerman why the 1980s were back with such fierceness, and why all of these remakes were being made.Punks, UFOs, and Heroin: How ‘Liquid Sky’ Became a Cult Movie | Daniel Genis | June 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
At Wimbledon a few years back, I was struck again by the fierceness of their presence, both on and off the court.Understanding Serena Williams’s Steubenville Comments | Allison Samuels | June 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
I loved how I could hear that fierceness in tone in advance of literal understanding.
With time, the fierceness and the collective sweetness that underscored it grew more intelligible.
On his loins was a lion of great fierceness, and coiled round his waist was a hissing mamba (snake).Uncanny Tales | Various
Upon her Kerry directed a look from which all fierceness had been effaced, and which expressed only an undying admiration.Dope | Sax Rohmer
There was a startling fierceness in the voice of the trooper that reached to the heart, even amid the horrors of the cottage.The Spy | J. Fenimore Cooper
Moore, we are told by Napier, "maintained the right with vehemence bordering upon fierceness."The Life of Nelson, Vol. I (of 2) | A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan
On top of all a huge fire was built, and maintained with great fierceness for about two hours.The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont | Louis de Rougemont