Definition of fierce
1a : violently hostile or aggressive in temperament a fierce tigerb : given to fighting or killing : pugnacious fierce fighters
2a : marked by unrestrained zeal or vehemence a fierce argumentb : 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 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.
Recent Examples of fierce from the Web
The other half: deep-fried Oreos, more than 60 carnival rides and games, fierce pie and quilt competitions, and concerts from the likes of the Band Perry and Colbie Caillat.
Some of the highlights of the trip included: • A tour of Ammunition Hill, site of one of the fiercest battles in the Six-Day War; •
Most of the funding has come from federal grants, such as Surface Transportation funds, but Hite said competition for federal funding is fierce.
The awkward pairing of Airbnb sponsoring a conference hosted by its fiercest Florida critic comes largely thanks to the economics of the convention itself.
Photos of the various means used to get the kitten out were posted on Facebook, including a fierce looking machine that looks like a big plunger.
Hojran and Miami were fierce, as were their opinions.
Military advances against ISIS have recently sparked a fierce scramble among major powers—especially Iran, Russia, Turkey, and the United States—to assert and protect their interests, bringing these powers into conflict.
The idea would mark a sea change for the budget rules and draw fierce objections from Democrats.
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Origin and Etymology 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 centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of fierce
FIERCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fierce for English Language Learners
: very violent
: eager to fight or kill
: having or showing a lot of strong emotion : very strong or intense
FIERCE Defined for Kids
Definition of fierce for Students
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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