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"He would do so at the peril of his life, then," said the captain, fiercely.

"Often enough," he said fiercely, and he thought of his drunken father.

"My home is where my daughter is," answered Castell fiercely.

But his face had turned white and Dick saw that he was fiercely angry.

"It's Charley Channing that's the donkey; not me," cried Tod, fiercely.

And fiercely in a bewildered way I rebelled against this emptiness.

Their minds were fiercely set on the "scabs," the police and the militia.

Their progress was fiercely opposed by the Turks, who hovered about their flanks.

The first thing he did was to grip Rob's hand and squeeze it fiercely.

And he drove off, lashing his horse so fiercely that it almost bolted.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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