fierce·​ly | \ ˈfirs-lē \

Definition of fiercely 

1 : in a fierce or vehement manner fiercely competitive
2 : to a high degree : very fiercely expensive

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of fiercely in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Even now, she is fiercely protected by a media manager, who rails at journalists who ask anything but the very tamest of questions. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Ronda Rousey breaks silence: 'I did a whole lot of crying' after UFC defeats," 26 Apr. 2018 All the while, humpbacks fiercely protect their calves. National Geographic, "This Film Crew Might Be the First to See Humpbacks Give Birth," 17 Apr. 2018 The New York Times published evidence that Zinke is treating public land in Montana differently than other states, choosing to fiercely protect land in his home state while allowing fossil fuel development everywhere else. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Scott Pruitt’s Scandal Clone," 17 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, the scientific community worldwide has been fiercely critical of He’s efforts, which seems to have bypassed typical scientific conventions at nearly every step. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Flawed DNA editing of alleged ‘designer babies’ may have put their health at risk," 29 Nov. 2018 Goaded on by Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who has been fiercely critical of Brennan’s policy views and actions for almost a decade, Trump signed an order weeks ago to strip the career intelligence official of his security clearance. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump looks to Brennan for a foil in Russia probe spat," 21 Aug. 2018 Luke is a fiercely loyal young man, like his father., "Deaths in Central Florida: 7/7," 7 July 2018 Although whites make up only about half of the state's electorate, many of them are fiercely loyal to Trump and are drawn to his blue-collar appeal and anti-establishment brand of leadership. Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump, stumping in Nevada, makes immigration a central midterms issue for GOP," 24 June 2018 The president had balked at the populist parties’ original choice for finance minister, Paolo Savona, an 81-year-old who has been fiercely critical of the E.U. and has suggested Italy should abandon the euro. Washington Post, "Italy reaches a deal on a new government, ending a crisis that rattled global markets," 4 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fiercely.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of fiercely

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about fiercely

Statistics for fiercely

Last Updated

10 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for fiercely

The first known use of fiercely was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

More from Merriam-Webster on fiercely

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for fiercely

Britannica English: Translation of fiercely for Arabic Speakers

Comments on fiercely

What made you want to look up fiercely? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


marked by shyness and lack of polish

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Liar, Liar Quiz

  • alt-5761dbe2ba986
  • Someone who pretends to be sick in order to avoid work is a:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!