archaic, rare
With reference to a person or animal, their actions or attributes: fierceness, harshness, savagery; cruelty; malignity; an instance of this. In early use also: sternness, severity (obsolete).

Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From fell + -ness.


Covid exhibits fellness,
Attacking hard, out wellness.
And so we’re stuck at home
And not allowed to roam.

Corona is archaic
Mutated to a new trick.
And like the ’18 flu
Has caused a big to-do.


[Though archaic, this word’s intent remains in the phrase “one fell swoop” when an all encompassing event happens.

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