Synonyms for fierceness
Antonyms for fierceness
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When a woman loves a fierce man she takes the risk of his fierceness.
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.
But if they were all mildness toward her, they were all fierceness toward one another.
Ralph had been thrown off his feet at one moment by the fierceness of a terrific blast.
"He deserved it, monsieur," said she, with a note almost of fierceness in her voice.
You had best stand aside—you that are steeped in musk and fierceness.
"Yourself," he whispered, with an ardour that almost amounted to fierceness.
I am fierceness, and the mountain wind; clean pasture, and wild rest.
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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