- menacingly wild, savage, or hostile: fierce animals; a fierce look.
- violent in force, intensity, etc.: fierce winds.
- furiously eager or intense: fierce competition.
- Informal. extremely bad or severe: a fierce cold.
Origin of fierce
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Examples from the Web for fiercely
With twice as many British soldiers, Washington was in for a fiercely competitive battle of wit and strength.The British Royals Reinvade Brooklyn: William and Kate Come Watch Basketball on Historic Battle Site
December 6, 2014
In the case of Wikipedia, its defenders were fiercely committed.You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story
October 19, 2014
Fiercely proud of her heritage, she deplores the racial prejudice she encountered when she came to Hollywood at age 17.Rita Moreno, SAG Life Achievement Award Winner, Talks Brando, Elvis And West Side Story
January 15, 2014
Middleton also says in her piece that she, like the rest of her family, is "fiercely competitive."Pippa Middleton's Crush on Princess Diana's Boyfriend
January 10, 2014
Winstead admits she was a tough boss, maybe too tough, inexperienced in delegating and fiercely protective of her vision.'Daily Show' Creator Lizz Winstead Is the Queen of Calling Bullshit
December 23, 2013
"He would do so at the peril of his life, then," said the captain, fiercely.Brave and Bold
"Often enough," he said fiercely, and he thought of his drunken father.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
"My home is where my daughter is," answered Castell fiercely.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
But his face had turned white and Dick saw that he was fiercely angry.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
"It's Charley Channing that's the donkey; not me," cried Tod, fiercely.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
- having a violent and unrestrained nature; savagea fierce dog
- wild or turbulent in force, action, or intensitya fierce storm
- vehement, intense, or strongfierce competition
- informal very disagreeable or unpleasant
Word Origin and History for fiercely
mid-13c., "proud, noble, bold," from Old French fers, nominative form of fer, fier "strong, overwhelming, violent, fierce, wild; proud, mighty, great, impressive" (Modern French fier "proud, haughty"), from Latin ferus "wild, untamed," from PIE root *ghwer- "wild, wild animal" (cf. Greek ther, Old Church Slavonic zveri, Lithuanian zveris "wild beast").
Original English sense of "brave, proud" died out 16c., but caused the word at first to be commonly used as an epithet, which accounts for the rare instance of a French word entering English in the nominative case. Meaning "ferocious, wild, savage" is from c.1300. Related: Fiercely; fierceness.