fierce·​ly | \ ˈfirs-lē How to pronounce fiercely (audio) \

Definition of fiercely

1 : in a fierce or vehement manner fiercely competitive
2 : to a high degree : very fiercely expensive

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Examples of fiercely in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most Republican primary voters remain loyal to Trump, often fiercely so. Los Angeles Times, "Column: How will the refusal of GOP senators to convict Trump look to future voters?," 14 Feb. 2021 In an interview, Bradford fiercely defended his actions and denied being part of a larger movement toward Christian nationalism. Star Tribune, "Election turmoil splits West Virginia city's evangelicals," 7 Feb. 2021 Actors Equity Association, the primary union for theatrical performers, has, with few exceptions, taken a fiercely hard line against having its members work during the pandemic. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "‘It’s as bad as it sounds’: Pandemic cost Dallas arts $95 million in 2020," 5 Feb. 2021 Stephen Castor is a veteran of some of Capitol Hill’s most fiercely partisan oversight disputes in the past decade. Nicholas Fandos,, "Trump’s new lawyers not expected to focus on false election claims in his defense," 1 Feb. 2021 Just to emphasize that point: After more than a decade of fiercely fighting methane controls, the American Petroleum Institute is now asking to be regulated. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: A dramatic shift in the landscape," 1 Feb. 2021 Democrats fiercely disagree with the characterizations of censorship. Cecilia Kang, New York Times, "Democratic Congress Prepares to Take On Big Tech," 26 Jan. 2021 The President-elect has fiercely criticized the Trump administration for severely falling short of initial vaccine distribution goals. Elly Belle,, "The Biden Administration Will Change How Vaccines Are Rolled Out — Here’s What That Means," 15 Jan. 2021 The fear of bees and the fear of death at a young age follow Anthony around just as fiercely as his grief over his father. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, "What to Expect From Bridgerton Season Two, Based on the Novels," 15 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of fiercely

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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23 Feb 2021

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“Fiercely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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