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 Some of his own aides and members of the Conservative Party fiercely opposed the project, known as High Speed 2, because of the $130 billion-plus price tag. Mark Landler, New York Times, "Boris Johnson Moves Boldly to Consolidate Power," 14 Feb. 2020 Freelancers fiercely opposed the bill, with some digital media writers arguing the limit was not sustainable. Kerry Flynn, CNN, "California law restricting freelance journalists may change," 7 Feb. 2020 Newspaper publishers, in particular, were fiercely opposed, both because the law limits how often freelancers can contribute to publications, and also could force papers to hire the people who distribute their papers. Gabrielle Canon, USA TODAY, "5 California bills likely to make waves this legislative session," 1 Feb. 2020 While Labour politicians quietly endorsed immigration controls, Glass fiercely opposed the restrictions on non-white immigration put in place by the Conservative government in 1962 and tightened by Labour in 1968. Divya Subramanian, The New York Review of Books, "Ruth Glass: Beyond ‘Gentrification’," 20 Jan. 2020 In recent years, locals fiercely opposed a plan by investors to turn a former farm just to the north into a high-end golf course. Washington Post, "Facebook riles tiny Oregon town with plan for undersea cable," 9 Jan. 2020 The Yaqui community has fiercely opposed the project. Popular Science, "Latin American environmentalists face unprecedented violence in defending their land," 30 Dec. 2019 But she has been chastised by liberals for sidestepping thorny issues such as impeachment, which many Kentuckians fiercely oppose. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Amy McGrath: House Democrats 'rightly' impeached President Donald Trump," 19 Dec. 2019 Johnson also has to contend with resurgent nationalist movements in Scotland and Northern Ireland, both of which fiercely oppose Brexit and could use that as grounds to break away from the United Kingdom., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 14 Dec. 2019

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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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21 Feb 2020

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“Fiercely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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