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- n. Plural form of fierceness.
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Such fiercenesses are silenced now; but, silent, they have still their utterance, and it is here.
The history of man is not simply the conquest of external power; it is first the conquest of those distrusts and fiercenesses, that self-concentration and intensity of animalism, that tie his hands from taking his inheritance.
The dormant possibilities of his own fanatical nature rose up before him -- pale, inarticulate fiercenesses crushed so long, and now trembling eagerly under his breath at the prospect of a little more liberty in loving.