\ 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 In the shadows of the scout-team field, Jones developed a reputation as a fierce competitor in direct conflict with his youthful appearance and fun-loving off-field demeanor. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Rail thin and not game ready, why a young Mac Jones picked Alabama over UK," 19 Nov. 2020 Competition in the food service industry was fierce, and Jamaican cuisine was unfamiliar. Edward Lee,, "Island Spice Grille & Lounge offers a taste of the Caribbean in Edgewood," 18 Nov. 2020 The backlash was fierce and, quickly, Instagram reverted to its scrolling format. NBC News, "Some Twitter users hate Fleets. Here's why new features are usually despised.," 18 Nov. 2020 There has been fierce behind-the-scenes lobbying over the specifics of these rules, which already are in place in some form in several other big U.S. cities. Gregory Pratt,, "Chicago City Council to consider capping delivery app fees," 16 Nov. 2020 In sports, competition is fierce, but teams have to agree on some basics—like the dimensions of a playing field. Steven Levy, Wired, "Huawei, 5G, and the Man Who Conquered Noise," 16 Nov. 2020 The social media criticism of Newsom has been fierce, made that much more intense by the fact that the event took place at one of Napa’s most exclusive and pricey restaurants. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Essential Politics: Politics be damned, the pandemic marches on," 16 Nov. 2020 The battle atop leader board at the Division IV state championship meet was fierce. Koki Riley, The Arizona Republic, "Flagstaff, Northland Prep, Gilbert, Veritas prevail in cross-country championships," 13 Nov. 2020 Tencent is known as a fierce competitor that can spook any upstart. Zheping Huang,, "Tencent Reassures Investors Spooked by China Internet Clampdown," 12 Nov. 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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“Fierce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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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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