Simple Definition of fierce
: very violent
: eager to fight or kill
: having or showing a lot of strong emotion : very strong or intense
Full Definition of fierce
1 a : violently hostile or aggressive in temperament b : given to fighting or killing : pugnacious
2 a : marked by unrestrained zeal or vehemence <a fierce argument> b : extremely vexatious, disappointing, or intense <fierce pain>
3 : furiously active or determined <make a fierce effort>
4 : wild or menacing in appearance
Examples of fierce
He was killed in a fierce battle.
The proposal has faced fierce opposition.
The two teams have had a fierce rivalry for many years.
He's admired for his fierce independence.
You could see the fierce determination in her eyes.
Origin of fierce
Middle English fiers, from Anglo-French fer, fers, fiers, from Latin ferus wild, savage; akin to Greek thēr wild animal
First Known Use: 14th century
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