fierce

[ feers ]
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adjective,fierc·er, fierc·est.
  1. menacingly wild, savage, or hostile: fierce animals;a fierce look.

  2. violent in force, intensity, etc.: fierce winds.

  1. furiously eager or intense: fierce competition.

  2. extremely bad or severe: a fierce cold.

Origin of fierce

1
First recorded in 1300–1350; from Middle English fiers, fers, from Old French fiers, fers, from Latin ferus “wild, fierce”; cf. feral1, ferocious

synonym study For fierce

1. Fierce, ferocious, truculent suggest vehemence and violence of temper, manner, or action: fierce in repelling a foe. Ferocious implies fierceness or cruelty, especially of a bloodthirsty kind, in disposition or action: a ferocious glare; ferocious brutality toward helpless refugees. Truculent suggests an intimidating or bullying fierceness of manner or conduct: His truculent attitude kept them terrified and submissive.

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Opposites for fierce

Other words from fierce

  • fierce·ly, adverb
  • fierce·ness, noun
  • o·ver·fierce, adjective
  • un·fierce, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for fierce

fierce

/ (fɪəs) /


adjective
  1. having a violent and unrestrained nature; savage: a fierce dog

  2. wild or turbulent in force, action, or intensity: a fierce storm

  1. vehement, intense, or strong: fierce competition

  2. informal very disagreeable or unpleasant

Origin of fierce

1
C13: from Old French fiers, from Latin ferus

Derived forms of fierce

  • fiercely, adverb
  • fierceness, noun

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