fierce

adjective
\ ˈfirs How to pronounce fierce (audio) \
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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Private colleges and universities are offering bigger discounts for freshmen amid fierce competition for a price-conscious pool of students. Jake Holland, WSJ, "Private Colleges Offer Record Discounts as Tuition Costs Rise," 9 May 2019 But like any hopeful dancer who got knocked to the bottom of the pyramid, the show is back for a few more fouettes, fierce competition, and, of course, drama. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "Everything We Know About ‘Dance Moms’ Season 8 So Far," 8 May 2019 Just a few weeks before the 26-year-old Machado likely hits the open market as one of the most desirable free agents in baseball, the big-hitting shortstop has become the latest star to tread the line between fierce competitors and dirty players. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "Benches clear after Machado clips Aguilar’s leg in NLCS," 16 Oct. 2018 The Democratic competition to bleed the rich has become fierce. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Ron Wyden’s Plan to Drain Investors," 10 Apr. 2019 The fierce predators plunge headfirst toward the water and snatch up fish with their sharp talons — including, sometimes, smaller sharks. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "A bird carrying a shark carrying a fish: Photographer gets 'one in a trillion' picture | Miami Herald," 1 May 2018 This love of my father for my mother was the most fierce and lasting of them all, mom. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Meghan McCain's Eulogy for Her Father John McCain," 1 Sep. 2018 That included an unexpected third-place finish for Lance Stroll in 2017 and last year’s fierce battle between Red Bull teammates Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, who eventually crashed into one another. James Ellingworth, The Seattle Times, "Azerbaijan renews F1 contract through 2023," 5 Feb. 2019 Last year, Amazon began engaging in a fierce pricing battle with Walmart that put a profit squeeze on some of the biggest consumer-packaged goods makers in the country. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "An Amazon revolt could be brewing as the tech giant exerts more control over brands," 29 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 How to pronounce fierce (audio) \
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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