fierceness


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fierce

 (fîrs)
adj. fierc·er, fierc·est
1.
a. Hostile and violent, especially by nature or temperament; ferocious: The Huns were fierce warriors.
b. Characterized by or showing hostility: gave us a fierce look.
2. Extremely powerful or destructive: a fierce storm; a fierce flood.
3. Intense in activity or feeling; vigorous or ardent: a fierce debate; fierce loyalty.

[Middle English fiers, from Old French, from Latin ferus; see ghwer- in Indo-European roots.]

fierce′ly adv.
fierce′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fierceness - the property of being wild or turbulentfierceness - the property of being wild or turbulent; "the storm's violence"
intensiveness, intensity - high level or degree; the property of being intense
savageness, savagery - the property of being untamed and ferocious; "the coastline is littered with testaments to the savageness of the waters"; "a craving for barbaric splendor, for savagery and color and the throb of drums"

fierceness

noun
Exceptionally great concentration, power, or force, especially in activity:
Translations

fierceness

[ˈfɪəsnɪs] N
1. (= ferocity) [of animal, person] → ferocidad f
2. (= intensity) [of heat, sun, passion] → intensidad f; [of storm] → furia f

fierceness

n (of animal)Wildheit f; (of dog)Bösartigkeit f; (of person, look, appearance)Grimmigkeit f; (of temper)aufbrausende Art; (of fighting, battle, debate, opposition, rivalry, storm)Heftigkeit f; (of attack, competition, criticism)Schärfe f; (of sun)Gluthitze f; the fierceness of the heatdie Gluthitze, die glühende Hitze

fierceness

[ˈfɪəsnɪs] n (also) (fig) → ferocia; (of heat) → intensità
References in classic literature ?
Perhaps no district throughout the wide extent of the intermediate frontiers can furnish a livelier picture of the cruelty and fierceness of the savage warfare of those periods than the country which lies between the head waters of the Hudson and the adjacent lakes.
With the customary infirmity of temper that characterizes this unhappy fowl, she appears by the fierceness of her beak and eye, and the general truculency of her attitude, to threaten mischief to the inoffensive community; and especially to warn all citizens careful of their safety against intruding on the premises which she overshadows with her wings.
Something in that dying scene had checked the natural fierceness of youthful passion.
Under its in- fluence, the tender heart became stone, and the lamblike disposition gave way to one of tiger-like fierceness.
He looked at the girl in all her loveliness, and she looked at him in his fierceness and his might, red with war and wounds.
Such Pleasure took the Serpent to behold This Flourie Plat, the sweet recess of EVE Thus earlie, thus alone; her Heav'nly forme Angelic, but more soft, and Feminine, Her graceful Innocence, her every Aire Of gesture or lest action overawd His Malice, and with rapine sweet bereav'd His fierceness of the fierce intent it brought: That space the Evil one abstracted stood From his own evil, and for the time remaind Stupidly good, of enmitie disarm'd, Of guile, of hate, of envie, of revenge; But the hot Hell that alwayes in him burnes, Though in mid Heav'n, soon ended his delight, And tortures him now more, the more he sees Of pleasure not for him ordain'd: then soon Fierce hate he recollects, and all his thoughts Of mischief, gratulating, thus excites.
A formidable warrior, his thin and severe features retained the soldier's fierceness of expression; an ascetic bigot, they were no less marked by the emaciation of abstinence, and the spiritual pride of the self-satisfied devotee.
I won't let you go away," she said, a trace of fierceness mingling with her entreaty.
The fierceness of this creature's countenance altogether discomposed me; though I stood at the farther end of the table, above fifty feet off; and although my mistress held her fast, for fear she might give a spring, and seize me in her talons.
Deer and other defenceless animals often herd about the elephant, which, contenting himself with roots and leaves, preserves those beasts that place themselves, as it were, under his protection, from the rage and fierceness of others that would devour them.
And so saying, he charged with levelled lance against the one who had spoken, with such fury and fierceness that, if luck had not contrived that Rocinante should stumble midway and come down, it would have gone hard with the rash trader.
Already the sudden storm is passing,and its fierceness is abating.