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
And for the Asia-Pacific region in particular, with its low-lying archipelagos and fierce cyclones, climate is itself a security issue.
CSO audiences have heard several fine accounts of this concerto in recent decades — think of Nikolaj Znaider's and Frank Peter Zimmermann's — but, for me, Tetzlaff's extra degree of incisive brilliance and fierce elegance trumped them both.
Juan Martin del Potro quickly went from fierce competitor to friendly consoler at the French Open, showing deep reserves of compassion for an opponent who had to stop playing their second-round match because of a knee injury.
Tetrick is also a Crimson Tide fan and a fierce defender of the South.
Cohen was a fierce defender of Trump during the campaign, often haranguing probing reporters and famously challenging a CNN reporter live on-air to name the specific polls that showed then-candidate Trump behind his rival, Hillary Clinton.
Elizabeth’s observation about the fierce competition is not lost on the organizers either.
A fierce Doyle, dressed in colorful tulle and flat black boots, goes Cyndi Lauper one better.
The competition to pack those boats is fierce — and likely to grow fiercer with the arrival of summer.
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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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