\ 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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fierceness noun

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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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Ivry Gitlis, a violinist known for fierce and powerfully individual performances over the course of a career that spanned almost 90 years, died Dec. 24 in a Paris nursing home. Washington Post, "Ivry Gitlis, Israeli violinist who mesmerized global audiences, dies at 98," 26 Dec. 2020 Too Dinosaurs are often celebrated for being big, fierce and tough. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Top Ten Dinosaur Discoveries of 2020," 23 Dec. 2020 Rising Argentine artist Peluso is a new brand of Latin urban: seductive, but fierce and unapologetic. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 25 Best Latin Albums of 2020: Staff Picks," 16 Dec. 2020 Their point of attack seems to be her presence on Twitter, where she is known for her fierce and sometimes intemperate attacks on conservatives and defenses of progressive values. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Is Joe Biden secretly planning to cut your Social Security?," 3 Dec. 2020 During his four years as Bevin's chief of staff in Kentucky, Brickman was known as a fierce defender of his boss and attack dog against his critics. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, "Former Bevin chief of staff fired by Texas AG after his whistleblower bribery allegation," 23 Oct. 2020 Included on that list is Representative Doug Collins, who has been a fierce defender of Mr. Trump over the past year. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Dems' fundraising portal ActBlue announces it raised $1.5 billion in third quarter," 15 Oct. 2020 Ratcliffe was a fierce defender of Trump during his impeachment and the investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin's effort to sway the 2016 election in Trump's favor. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Schiff vows to 'compel' intelligence on election security after DNI head Ratcliffe ends in-person briefings," 31 Aug. 2020 Conway has been a fierce defender of the president, even as her husband criticized and mocked her boss on a daily basis. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "'Gratefully and humbly': Kellyanne Conway leaving White House," 23 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of fierce was in the 14th century

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“Fierce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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


\ 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

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fiercely adverb
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