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 ?
Michael's heredity, rigidly selected for ages by man, was chiefly composed of fierceness and faithfulness.
The set of his mouth, his chin, his jaw, was likewise firm or harsh, with all the fierceness and indomitableness of the male--the nose also.
His instance is, that for the achieving of a desperate conspiracy, a man should not rest upon the fierceness of any man's nature, or his resolute undertakings; but take such an one, as hath had his hands formerly in blood.
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.
Now, upon the most diligent enquiry into the former lives of these two brothers, I find, besides the cursed and hellish maxim of policy above mentioned, another reason for the captain's conduct: the captain, besides what we have before said of him, was a man of great pride and fierceness, and had always treated his brother, who was of a different complexion, and greatly deficient in both these qualities, with the utmost air of superiority.
Some of the masters whose influence left a trace upon my character to this very day, combined a fierceness of conception with a certitude of execution upon the basis of just appreciation of means and ends which is the highest quality of the man of action.
Boxtel had at first tried to gain over Gryphus to his interest, but the jailer had not only the snarling fierceness, but likewise the fidelity, of a dog.
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.
But if they were all mildness toward her, they were all fierceness toward one another.
His emaciated regiment bustled forth with undiminished fierceness when its time came.
But the apostle resisted both the craft of the politician and the fierceness of the warrior.
He returned the glance with a lightning-like look of diabolical fierceness, and, turning round, stood upon the curbstone and called a hansom.