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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Fierce a. [Compar. Fiercer superl. Fiercest ]
 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.