Definition of fierce
1 a : violently hostile or aggressive in temperament b : given to fighting or killing : pugnacious
2 a : 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
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.
Origin and Etymology of fierce
Middle English fiers, from Anglo-French fer, fers, fiers, from Latin ferus wild, savage; akin to Greek thēr wild animal
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of fierce
FIERCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fierce for English Language Learners
: very violent
: eager to fight or kill
: having or showing a lot of strong emotion : very strong or intense
FIERCE Defined for Kids
Definition of fierce for Students
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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