fierce

[ feers ]
/ fɪərs /

adjective, fierc·er, fierc·est.

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

1250–1300; Middle English fiers < Anglo-French fers, Old French fiers (nominative) < Latin ferus wild, fierce; cf. feral1, ferocious

SYNONYMS FOR fierce

1 untamed; cruel, fell, brutal; barbarous, bloodthirsty, murderous. 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.
2, 3 furious, passionate, turbulent.

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British Dictionary definitions for fierceness

fierce

/ (fɪəs) /

adjective

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

Derived Forms

fiercely, adverbfierceness, noun

Word Origin for fierce

C13: from Old French fiers, from Latin ferus
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