fierceness


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Related to fierceness: capriciousness, circumspection
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His blood was as thoroughly up as Adam's now, and the two men, forgetting the emotions that had gone before, fought with the instinctive fierceness of panthers in the deepening twilight darkened by the trees.
On board the Arangi, relieved by the lowering of her mainsail, as the fierceness went out of the wind and the cloudburst of tropic rain began to fall, Van Horn and Borckman lurched toward each other in the blackness.
Michael's heredity, rigidly selected for ages by man, was chiefly composed of fierceness and faithfulness.
It might have been a lost soul wailing, had it not been invested with a certain sad fierceness and hungry eagerness.
But straightways we saw divers of the people, with bastons in their hands, as it were forbidding us to land; yet without any cries or fierceness, but only as warning us off by signs that they made.
And he ends by becoming a hater of philosophy, uncivilized, never using the weapon of persuasion,--he is like a wild beast, all violence and fierceness, and knows no other way of dealing; and he lives in all ignorance and evil conditions, and has no sense of propriety and grace.
Now, upon the most diligent enquiry into the former lives of these two brothers, I find, besides the cursed and hellish maxim of policy above mentioned, another reason for the captain's conduct: the captain, besides what we have before said of him, was a man of great pride and fierceness, and had always treated his brother, who was of a different complexion, and greatly deficient in both these qualities, with the utmost air of superiority.
The set of his mouth, his chin, his jaw, was likewise firm or harsh, with all the fierceness and indomitableness of the male--the nose also.
I trembled with excess of agitation as I said this; there was a frenzy in my manner, and something, I doubt not, of that haughty fierceness which the martyrs of old are said to have possessed.
The Prince quailed before the fierceness of his gaze.
Thomas said with a fierceness that surprised even him, "let me touch every wound the Romans put in his body--every mark of the nails and the gash in his chest.
Oscar-winning director Stone said: ``I would think that Alexander would be a safe subject because it is an ancient one but I was quite taken aback by the controversy and fierceness of the reviews about a character we don't really know too much about.