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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fierce  \Fierce\,  a.  [Compar.  {Fiercer};  superl.  {Fiercest}.] 
  [OE.  fers,  fiers,  OF  fier,  nom.  fiers,  fierce,  savage, 
  cruel,  F.  fier  proud,  from  L.  ferus  wild,  savage,  cruel; 
  perh.  akin  to  E.  bear  the  animal.  Cf  {Feral},  {Ferocity}.] 
  1.  Furious;  violent;  unrestrained;  impetuous;  as  a  fierce 
  wind. 
 
  His  fierce  thunder  drove  us  to  the  deep.  --Milton. 
 
  2.  Vehement  in  anger  or  cruelty;  ready  or  eager  to  kill  or 
  injure;  of  a  nature  to  inspire  terror;  ferocious.  ``A 
  fierce  whisper.''  --Dickens.  ``A  fierce  tyrant.''  --Pope. 
 
  The  fierce  foe  hung  upon  our  broken  rear.  --Milton. 
 
  Thou  huntest  me  as  a  fierce  lion.  --Job.  x.  16. 
 
  3.  Excessively  earnest,  eager,  or  ardent. 
 
  Syn:  Ferocious;  savage;  cruel;  vehement;  impetuous; 
  barbarous;  fell.  See  {Ferocious}.  --  {Fierce"ly},  adv 
  --  {Fierce"ness},  n. 




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