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fierce

[ feers ]
/ fɪərs /
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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.

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Origin of fierce

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

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
fiercely, adverbfierceness, noun
C13: from Old French fiers, from Latin ferus
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