- menacingly wild, savage, or hostile: fierce animals; a fierce look.
- violent in force, intensity, etc.: fierce winds.
- furiously eager or intense: fierce competition.
- Informal. extremely bad or severe: a fierce cold.
Origin of fierce
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Examples from the Web for fierceness
The local police have praised the women for fighting back and said their fierceness kept the assaults from moving further.Sororities Finally Take Back the Night
September 12, 2014
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
June 20, 2013
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.
But to anyone who has lived in Iran in recent years, women's fierceness in the face of authority is not particularly new.Neda: Cautionary Tale or Inspiration?
June 23, 2009
When a woman loves a fierce man she takes the risk of his fierceness.Viviette
William J. Locke
It was the new Gospel against the old Law, and the fierceness of the struggle rent her.
Then, the bitterness of Garson's soul was revealed by the fierceness in his voice as he replied.
She stared at him, struck dumb for the moment by the fierceness of his voice and expression.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
But if they were all mildness toward her, they were all fierceness toward one another.White Fang
- having a violent and unrestrained nature; savagea fierce dog
- wild or turbulent in force, action, or intensitya fierce storm
- vehement, intense, or strongfierce competition
- informal very disagreeable or unpleasant
Word Origin and History for fierceness
mid-13c., "proud, noble, bold," from Old French fers, nominative form of fer, fier "strong, overwhelming, violent, fierce, wild; proud, mighty, great, impressive" (Modern French fier "proud, haughty"), from Latin ferus "wild, untamed," from PIE root *ghwer- "wild, wild animal" (cf. Greek ther, Old Church Slavonic zveri, Lithuanian zveris "wild beast").
Original English sense of "brave, proud" died out 16c., but caused the word at first to be commonly used as an epithet, which accounts for the rare instance of a French word entering English in the nominative case. Meaning "ferocious, wild, savage" is from c.1300. Related: Fiercely; fierceness.