But to anyone who has lived in Iran in recent years, women's fierceness in the face of authority is not particularly new.
At Wimbledon a few years back, I was struck again by the fierceness of their presence, both on and off the court.
The local police have praised the women for fighting back and said their fierceness kept the assaults from moving further.
I loved how I could hear that fierceness in tone in advance of literal understanding.
With time, the fierceness and the collective sweetness that underscored it grew more intelligible.
And fierceness and faithfulness, together, invariably produce pride.
When a woman loves a fierce man she takes the risk of his fierceness.
Then the woman, in the fierceness of her mood, turned her arms against her child.
It was the new Gospel against the old Law, and the fierceness of the struggle rent her.
And she, in her fierceness and her shyness, was touched, and wondered greatly that any female thing could be thus good.
mid-13c., "proud, noble, bold," from Old French fers, nominative form of fer, fier "strong, overwhelming, violent, fierce, wild; proud, mighty, great, impressive" (Modern French fier "proud, haughty"), from Latin ferus "wild, untamed," from PIE root *ghwer- "wild, wild animal" (cf. Greek ther, Old Church Slavonic zveri, Lithuanian zveris "wild beast").
Original English sense of "brave, proud" died out 16c., but caused the word at first to be commonly used as an epithet, which accounts for the rare instance of a French word entering English in the nominative case. Meaning "ferocious, wild, savage" is from c.1300. Related: Fiercely; fierceness.
Nasty; unpleasant; awful: Gee, it was fierce of me (1903+)