fierceness

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Etymology[edit]

fierce +‎ -ness

Noun[edit]

fierceness (usually uncountable, plural fiercenesses)

  1. The state of being fierce.
    • 1749, John Cleland, Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure Part 5
      I stroked it gently, on which the mutinous rogue seemed to swell, and gather a new degree of fierceness and insolence; so that finding it grew not to be trifled with any longer, I prepar'd for rubbers in good earnest.

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