fierceness

Definitions

  • SOME OTHER MEN BURST UPON THEM WITH A FIERCE, RUDE YELL
    SOME OTHER MEN BURST UPON THEM WITH A FIERCE, RUDE YELL
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fierceness the property of being wild or turbulent "the storm's violence"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Behind him a fierce roar indicated that the lion was in pursuit Behind him a fierce roar indicated that the lion was in pursuit
"OH, MY! LOOK AT THIS QUEER-LOOKING GOAT WITH THREE HORNS. DON'T HE LOOK FIERCE?" "OH, MY! LOOK AT THIS QUEER-LOOKING GOAT WITH THREE HORNS. DON'T HE LOOK FIERCE?"

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The dragons and other monsters that graced the bows of the Viking ships were so fierce-looking that a law was passed in Iceland ordering the skipper of any Viking ship to remove the figurehead before entering port.
    • n fierceness The quality of being fierce or furious; fury; ferocity; vehemence; impetuosity.
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Quotations

  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “The wrath of brothers is fierce and devilish.”
  • Quintus Curtius Rufus
    Quintus Curtius Rufus
    “A cowardly cur barks more fiercely than it bites.”
  • Don Marquis
    Don%20Marquis
    “A fierce unrest seethes at the core, of all existing things:, it was the eager wish to soar, that gave the gods their wings.”
  • Oscar Levant
    Oscar%20Levant
    “Every time I look at you I get a fierce desire to be lonesome.”
  • Victor Hugo
    Victor%20Hugo
    “The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human.”
  • Willa Cather
    Willa%20Cather
    “There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.”

Usage

In literature:

She knew, but she told nothing, probably because she had a fierce pride of family.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Burr Gordon cast a fierce glance around; then he sprang to Dorothy's side, and she looked palely and piteously up at him.
"Madelon" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Jerome sat waiting, with a kind of fierce resignation.
"Jerome, A Poor Man" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Then Cynthia displayed the parrot, but a parrot was too fine and fierce a bird for Ellen.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The adjutant, another fierce-visaged Prussian, astride his horse, faced us.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
O tell How can in heavenly minds such fierce resentment dwell?
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
Her face burned fiercely yet again as she thought of it.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
His disposition is haughty and fierce.
"The Sun Of Quebec" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Think of it, we're five hundred miles, five hundred miles of fierce weather, and the devil's own country, from the coast.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
It was two miles to the nearest cabin, and her soul rose in fierce rebellion at her loneliness.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
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In poetry:

'T was early morn, the low night-wind
Had fled the sun's fierce ray,
And sluggishly the leaden waves
Rolled over Plymouth Bay.
"The Pigrim's Fast" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
Fierce billows may thy vessel toss,
And crosses curses seem;
But that the curse has fled the cross,
Thy Husband bids thee deem.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
And I feel once more the strife
Of a passion, fierce and grand,
That, in some long-vanished life,
Held my soul at its command.
"The Nightingale" by Victor James Daley
Whizzing, fierce, it came
Down the summer air,
Burning like a flame
On my fingers bare,
And it brought to me
As swift - a memory.
"Cricket: The Catch" by Frank W Harvey
Fierce robber bands, o'er desert sands
No white man ever saw,
Bring all their spoil, with endless toil,
To fill the monster's maw.
"The Orgy Of Thor" by Abner Cosens
I read in books of ancient France
How maidens should be won.
"Vow fiercely," so they said, "she owns
The moon, the stars, the sun"
"Strephon's Song" by Ethel Clifford

In news:

The Fierce Five and other members of the US Olympic gymnastics team got a personal audience with President Barack Obama on Thursday while on tour in Washington.
Fierce Battle In Central Baghdad.
Looking fierce as ever, Eva Marcille was spotted in Miami at club G5 last week sporting a new do.
Professional women have a fierce relationship with their heels.
One of Pakistan's most popular singers has traded candy-coated pop for fiercely political songs.
A pleasant time to visit Tamanrasset is March or April, before the fierce summer heat sets in.
They look like fierce little dinosaurs but waddle like toddlers and fall asleep in your hand if you rub their tummies.
Bruce A Vande Vusse, Bryant v Oakpointe Villa, David J Winter, Dr Nathan Fierce, Feikens Stevens Kennedy & Galbraith PC, Foster Swift Collins & Smith P.C.
Stepping up to the plate with a fierce vengeance is the new social media darling Pinterest.
Whirling above the bug catchers like multicolored snowflakes on a fiercely windy night, the insects swarm toward a large glowing orb in the swamp sky that they mistake for the moon.
"Pleasant interlude " in a fierce campaign.
The fierce conflict between these two ironclads lasted for several hours.
NAU researchers find forests may never grow back as fierce fires pump carbon into the atmosphere.
Some of Florida's wealthiest real estate developers ignited what will probably be a fierce debate this week by urging Gov Jeb Bush to consider allowing the transfer of water from the state's northern regions to its far more populous south.
FIERCE weather that interrupted rehearsal schedules, and musicians' bookings thrown into confusion by postponements had little or no effect on the cascade of Easter music programs to be heard around the state.
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