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

Other Words from fierce

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

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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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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17 May 2022

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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

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fiercely adverb
fierceness noun

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