fierce

adjective
\ ˈfirs \
fiercer; fiercest

Definition of fierce

1a : violently hostile or aggressive in temperament a fierce tiger
b : given to fighting or killing : pugnacious fierce fighters
2a : 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
5 informal : having or expressing bold confidence or style When it comes to celebrity fashion, while the looks are fierce they're not always attainable.— Marlen Komar

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Other Words from fierce

fierceness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for fierce

Synonyms

fell, ferocious, grim, savage, vicious

Antonyms

gentle, mild, unaggressive

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fierce, ferocious, barbarous, savage, cruel mean showing fury or malignity in looks or actions. fierce applies to humans and animals that inspire terror because of their wild and menacing aspect or fury in attack. fierce warriors ferocious implies extreme fierceness and unrestrained violence and brutality. a ferocious dog barbarous implies a ferocity or mercilessness regarded as unworthy of civilized people. barbarous treatment of prisoners savage implies the absence of inhibitions restraining civilized people filled with rage, lust, or other violent passion. a savage criminal cruel implies indifference to suffering and even positive pleasure in inflicting it. the cruel jokes of schoolboys

Examples of fierce in a Sentence

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.
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People's nostalgia for the Super Nintendo (and Nintendo platforms in general) is fierce. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Our favorite (and least favorite) tech of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 The holidays are less than two months away, and if Scruff-a-Luvs and Pomsies are any indication, the competition for the hottest toy of 2018 is fierce. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Shimmeez Plushies Have Everything Your Kid Is Looking for in a Toy," 26 Oct. 2018 From daughter to mother, my advice was be strong and be fierce in the face of an anti-woman Senate Judiciary Committee. Barbara Boxer And Nicole Boxer, Marie Claire, "Yes, Running for Office Is Risky, But It's Worth It," 9 Oct. 2018 Combustion, though limited in area, was fierce and took some time to extinguish. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The True Story of the Russian Kursk Submarine Disaster," 28 Sep. 2018 That’s no knock on the award itself, as the competition was fierce. Travis M. Andrews, The Seattle Times, "Yes, that actually happened: An Emmy winner proposed on stage to his girlfriend," 18 Sep. 2018 With a limited number of teams, and rich new owners looking to get in, competition for a space in the NA LCS was fierce. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Why competitive gaming is starting to look a lot like professional sports," 27 July 2018 In the end, a perfect storm of fierce competition, too little funding, and government regulations killed Raden. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "When the “best” busts: the spectacular rise and fall of smart luggage startup Raden," 12 Dec. 2018 The 2018 midterms election race between was a fierce competition between Cruz and Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke. Taylor Crumpton, Teen Vogue, "Beto O'Rourke Won With Texas's Black Women Because We Are Still the Moral Compass of United States Politics," 12 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of fierce

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fierce

Middle English fiers, from Anglo-French fer, fers, fiers, from Latin ferus wild, savage; akin to Greek thēr wild animal

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fierce

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of fierce

: very violent

: eager to fight or kill

: having or showing a lot of strong emotion : very strong or intense

fierce

adjective
\ ˈfirs \
fiercer; fiercest

Kids Definition of fierce

1 : likely to attack a fierce animal
2 : having or showing very great energy or enthusiasm She plays the game with fierce determination.
3 : wild or threatening in appearance He brandished a fierce sword.
4 : characterized by extreme force, intensity, or anger a fierce fight fierce winds

Other Words from fierce

fiercely adverb
fierceness noun

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