fiercely

adverb
fierce·ly | \ˈfirs-lē \

Definition of fiercely 

1 : in a fierce or vehement manner fiercely competitive

2 : to a high degree : very fiercely expensive

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Dean was a husband and father that loved his family fiercely. Justin Madden, cleveland.com, "North Ridgeville police officer dies unexpectedly, officials say," 4 Apr. 2018 Criticising America too fiercely, as Yun Sun at the Stimson Centre, a think-tank in Washington, puts it, would suggest to ordinary Chinese that China had failed to outmanoeuvre Mr Trump. The Economist, "In its trade war with America, China dials down the hype," 12 July 2018 Life has changed very quickly for the fiercely determined Clancy, who plays Sonia Friday. Ken Capobianco, BostonGlobe.com, "Recovery has given Justin Clancy a purpose his music had been missing," 11 July 2018 But more than a dozen participants from several countries—most requesting anonymity out of fear of US retaliation—told the Times that the American officials surprised health experts and fellow delegates alike by fiercely opposing the resolution. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "US puts fierce squeeze on breastfeeding policy, shocking health officials," 9 July 2018 Trout, 26, is fiercely loyal, remembering the Angels chose him after every team passed him up until the 25th pick in the 2009 draft. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "As Angels struggle amid Mike Trout's greatest season, one number - 2020 - looms larger," 19 June 2018 The elk, fiercely protective of their babies, used their legs and hoofs to send two women to the hospital. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Your chances of hitting a deer in Georgia are greater than you think," 7 June 2018 Carey fired her fiercely protective manager Stella Bulochnikov in November and hasn’t performed since Christmas. Richard Johnson, Fox News, "Sales for Mariah Carey's Vegas shows are 'a disaster'," 3 June 2018 To be sure, Levine has been fiercely protective of his legacy. David Smiley, Alex Harris And Joey Flechas, miamiherald, "Levine is campaigning on climate change. But his sea-rise legacy is complicated. | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of fiercely

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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