\ 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 Weaknesses Not everything about Tyrannosaurus rex was fierce, however. Amy Mckeever, National Geographic, "Why Tyrannosaurus rex was one of the fiercest predators of all time," 9 Sep. 2020 Weather officials warned that the rainfall from what could be a record storm would be fierce. Yuri Kageyama,, "Typhoon Haishen unleashes rain, strong winds in southern Japan," 6 Sep. 2020 And with an increasing number of buyers, competition for those properties can be fierce. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "Connecticut home sales heat up as New Yorkers flee and at-home workers look for more space. This summer’s real estate boom may just be the beginning.," 4 Sep. 2020 Competition for the space was always fierce -- until March when Covid-19 ravaged New York. Vanessa Yurkevich, CNN, "Small businesswomen trying to recover find 'ghost town' where crowds used to be," 1 Sep. 2020 Realtors said the competition is fierce in many of the suburbs that homebuyers would expect. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Low-interest rates, coronavirus pandemic result in explosion of home sales in Cuyahoga County," 31 Aug. 2020 Competition for the grant money is fierce, especially in the Bay Area, where 29 projects are vying for $100 million, Heimerich said. Nora Mishanec,, "Oakland plans to buy dorm, hotels for homeless if ‘once in a lifetime’ funds come through," 28 Aug. 2020 Anything new and enticing to viewers will be in high demand, and competition to license it will be fierce. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "After years of ‘too much TV,’ the pandemic means there’s now barely enough," 27 Aug. 2020 Competition in the meal business is fierce, especially with the coronavirus pandemic that has closed restaurants and kept diners home. Thomas Heath, Washington Post, "Health Fresh Meals competes in growing meal delivery market," 22 Aug. 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 20 Sep. 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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