bowelless vs fierce what difference

what is difference between bowelless and fierce



bowel +‎ -less


bowelless (comparative more bowelless, superlative most bowelless)

  1. (obsolete) Without pity.
    • 1716, Thomas Browne, Christian Morals, 2nd edition edited by Samuel Johnson, London: J. Payne, 1756, pp. 49-50,[1]
      If avarice be thy vice, yet make it not thy punishment. Miserable men commiserate not themselves, bowelless unto others, and merciless unto their own bowels.
    • 1792, “Louis XIV,” The European Magazine and London Review, Volume 22, July 1792, p. 8,[2]
      On his coffin at St. Denis, by the side of which stands the urn that contains his bowels, some one wrote,

      C’y gyst sans entrailles,
      Comme il etoit à Versailles.
      What little change in men by death is made!
      Louis the Great here bowelless is laid;
      Such as he play’d the tyrant’s lofty part
      At proud Versailles, and liv’d without a heart.

See also

  • bowels


  • bellowses, elbowless



From Middle English fers, fiers, borrowed from Old French fers (wild”, “ferocious), nominative of fer, from Latin ferus (wild”, “untamed)


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /fɪəs/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /fɪɹs/
  • Rhymes: -ɪə(ɹ)s


fierce (comparative fiercer, superlative fiercest)

  1. Exceedingly violent, severe, ferocious, cruel or savage.
    A fierce storm battered the coast.
    I felt a fierce loyalty to my family.
  2. Resolute or strenuously active.
    We made a fierce attempt to escape.
    • 1902, John Buchan, The Outgoing of the Tide
      Yet his passion for her had grown fiercer than ever, and he swore to himself that he would win her back from her phantasies. She, one may believe, was ready enough to listen.
  3. Threatening in appearance or demeanor.
    The lion gave a fierce roar.
  4. (slang, Ireland, rural) Excellent, very good.
    Q: “How was the party last night?” A: “Fierce!”
  5. (slang, US, LGBT, fashion) Of exceptional quality, exhibiting boldness or chutzpah.
    Tyra said to strike a pose and make it fierce.


  • (exceedingly violent): incessive
  • (threatening in appearance or demeanor): incessive

Derived terms

  • fiercely
  • fierceness
  • something fierce

Related terms

  • feral
  • ferocious



fierce (not comparable)

  1. (slang, Ireland, rural) Extremely; very.
    It was fierce cold last night.


  • fierce at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • fierce in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.


  • Recife

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