\ 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 Days went by and fighters came and went, engaging in fierce battles that claimed some of their lives. Dionne Searcey, New York Times, "They Ordered Her to Be a Suicide Bomber. She Had Another Idea.," 13 Mar. 2020 The shooters died in the ensuing, fierce gun battle with police. NBC News, "N.J. man arrested for 'terroristic threats' at Jewish deli where 3 were killed in bias attack," 6 Mar. 2020 The wreckage of another U.S. Air Force B-24 bomber was found in Papua New Guinea in 2018, 74 years after it was shot down during a fierce battle with Japanese forces. Fox News, "US WWII bombers, missing for 76 years, discovered in Pacific lagoon," 18 Feb. 2020 Contraceptives, although not banned, are the subject of fierce legal battles, as opponents try to prevent the state from distributing them. The Economist, "Papal power Why the Philippines is the only country where divorce is illegal," 13 Feb. 2020 But those efforts often involved long delays and fierce political battles. J.k. Dineen,, "Meet the planning chief Mayor Breed tapped to shape SF development and build 50,000 homes," 12 Feb. 2020 First, Republicans involved in the discussions said, would come a fierce battle in the courts. Robert Costa, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s lawyers, Senate allies aim to ensure Bolton does not testify publicly," 21 Jan. 2020 Some say a job market this tight makes for fierce battles for talent. Ed Frauenheim, Fortune, "These companies are winning with workplace culture in a tight labor market," 16 Jan. 2020 A few months later, rebels had fought fierce gun battles against government troops in Mutsamudu’s medina, resulting in a handful of deaths. Tommy Trenchard, Harper's magazine, "Oceans Apart," 6 Jan. 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 1 Apr. 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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