Definition of fierce
- a fierce tiger
- fierce fighters
- a fierce argument
- fierce pain
- make a fierce effort
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.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fierce.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
fixed, hard, hardened, hardheaded, immovable, implacable, inflexible, ironhanded, mulish, obdurate, obstinate, rigid, self-willed, set, stiff, stubborn, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unyielding, willful (or wilful);
What made you want to look up fierce? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
Confusing Words—A Quiz