\ 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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Other Words from fierce

fierceness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for fierce


fell, ferocious, grim, savage, vicious


gentle, mild, unaggressive

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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

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.
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If Willies’ positive momentum continues, that means the competition for one of the final wide receiver roster spots will be even more fierce. Dan Labbe,, "The kicking battle rages on: What we learned during Orange and Brown Scrimmage," 3 Aug. 2019 Previously of fierce rivals Crystal Palace, Murray is a player who continues to perform despite suffering a handful of injuries as well as ever growing in age., "Picking the Brighton XI That Should Start Against Watford in August Premier League Opener," 3 Aug. 2019 This fierce battle over Mignogna has become the first big test of the #MeToo movement in the multimillion-dollar anime industry in America. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "Anime gets its #MeToo moment in clash between Dallas-area voice actors," 3 Aug. 2019 There are so many reasons why Olivier Rousteing, the creative director of Balmain, is a fierce force of fashion. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "“Diversity Should Be Normal”—For Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing, Fashion Is Political," 2 Aug. 2019 In January 1983, Reagan wrote to one of his fiercest antagonists, Benjamin Hooks, the head of the NAACP. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Reagan and Race," 1 Aug. 2019 DeSantis this spring convinced state lawmakers to carry out the drug-importation plan, despite fierce opposition from the pharmaceutical industry. Christine Sexton,, "Trump’s plan could boost Florida efforts to import prescription drugs from Canada," 31 July 2019 The bill comes eight months after residents in Superior rose up in fierce opposition to a plan by an energy company to horizontally drill up to 31 wells underneath Rocky Flats, which is now a national wildlife refuge. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "Neguse bill would ban drilling under Rocky Flats and other Superfund sites," 12 July 2019 The scene resonated in part because of its charged subtext: Repin’s initial inspiration was the 1881 assassination of Tsar Alexander II and the execution of the conspirators in the face of fierce public opposition. Noah Sneider, Harper's magazine, "Slash Fictions," 10 May 2019

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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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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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