You'll need the help: Competition at these schools is fiercer than ever.
Major storm events strike harder and more often, because warming oceans create conditions for fiercer hurricanes.
I ask him if he thinks 1970 was a comparable moment in the U.S. “I think it was fiercer,” he says.
And the competition for those jobs is, if anything, fiercer and less dignified than that for the top jobs.
One of the fiercer battles was over the level of the memorial.
The strife indeed which Langland would have averted raged only the fiercer as the dark years went by.
Again man fought with man, or waged a fiercer contest with the tiger.
He was particularly fond of hunting the fiercer wild animals.
Her self-restraint was, in a way, fiercer than her rage—and it affected her daughter.
It seemed to me that the glare in the north was fiercer now than when I had first seen it.
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.
Nasty; unpleasant; awful: Gee, it was fierce of me (1903+)