fierce·​ly ˈfirs-lē How to pronounce fiercely (audio)
: in a fierce or vehement manner
fiercely competitive
: to a high degree : very
fiercely expensive

Examples of fiercely in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nagorno-Karabakh has been fiercely contested by the two former Soviet republics since a war in the late 1980s and early ’90s, when the region’s majority Armenian population sought to break from the newly independent nation of Azerbaijan. Francesca Ebel, Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2023 Having decided to cater to a limited and fiercely ideological slice of the public with its flagship newspaper, the New York Times Co. then opted to look for growth in entertainment products with broader appeal. James Freeman, WSJ, 26 Sep. 2023 While San Francisco residents fiercely defend their city against critics, few are sticking up for her. Heather Knight, New York Times, 26 Sep. 2023 Poland and Ukraine share a lengthy border, an area where the war resonated fiercely on Tuesday after Russian drones struck warehouses in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. Caitlin Hu, CNN, 19 Sep. 2023 McVay and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan are close friends with a history of working together, and have a fiercely competitive rivalry of their own. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2023 Charles’s wife, Marcelle (Amy Resnick), is fiercely opposed to a move — at first. Don Aucoin,, 14 Sep. 2023 There were some expectations of tensions in the meeting because many of the executives fiercely compete in business, and Musk and Zuckerberg recently sparred online about the possibility of a cage match. David Dimolfetta, Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2023 When the granddaughter discovers a body while kayaking and becomes a suspect, the trio, all fiercely independent, must come together to solve the crime, uncovering all sorts of secrets in the town along the way. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fiercely was in the 14th century

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“Fiercely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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