fierce

adjective
\ 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

Synonyms

fell, ferocious, grim, savage, vicious

Antonyms

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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These are the guys on the edge, who make game-changing plays on defense with their fierce pass rushing abilities. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Cutting edge: Top 10 outside linebackers/defensive ends for 2019 Arizona high school football season," 2 July 2019 Opposition was particularly fierce in British Columbia, the end of the pipeline, where Premier John Horgan promised to block the project. Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, "On Monday, Canada declared a ‘climate emergency.’ On Tuesday, it approved a pipeline expansion.," 18 June 2019 Their World Cup fixture on June 16th will be particularly fierce: in February an attack by militants on Indian police in Kashmir led to tit-for-tat airstrikes. The Economist, "Cricket’s increasing sizzle owes much to India," 14 June 2019 Their back-end is fierce with Roberto Osuna and Ryan Pressly. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros mailbag: When will Jose Altuve return to action?," 13 June 2019 While competition has been fierce on the court, there’s also been plenty of action happening on the sidelines thanks to one Aubrey Drake Graham. Cady Lang, Time, "Drake, MVP of Trolling, Steals the Show From the Sidelines of the 2019 NBA Finals," 5 June 2019 Competition from Kering’s Gucci and Balenciaga, and LVMH’s Celine, is becoming more fierce. Andrea Felsted, The Seattle Times, "Karl Lagerfeld’s legacy is more than just Chanel suits," 19 Feb. 2019 In honor of the Victoria’s Secret model’s 37th birthday yesterday, New York City gym Dogpound posted an Instagram video of Lima doing a one-arm plank battle rope combo move that looks pretty fierce. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Strengthen Your Core and Shoulders With Adriana Lima's Challenging Battle Rope Plank," 13 June 2018 To give more away would spoil the story, but lovers of the previous books should know that Holly stands fierce on her own, even without her beloved Bill. Karin Slaughter, Philly.com, "Stephen King's 'The Outsider': A thrill ride from an American classic writer," 1 June 2018

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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

adjective

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

fierce

adjective
\ 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

Other Words from fierce

fiercely adverb
fierceness noun

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