adjective, fierc·er, fierc·est.
Origin of fierce
Examples from the Web for fiercer
Major storm events strike harder and more often, because warming oceans create conditions for fiercer hurricanes.
One of the fiercer battles was over the level of the memorial.
I ask him if he thinks 1970 was a comparable moment in the U.S. “I think it was fiercer,” he says.
You'll need the help: Competition at these schools is fiercer than ever.
And the competition for those jobs is, if anything, fiercer and less dignified than that for the top jobs.
Immediately the larger and fiercer dogs fell upon the food, crowding or scaring the smaller curs away from it.Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories|Albert Payson Terhune
The strife over the Statute of Labourers grew fiercer and fiercer, and a return of the plague heightened the public distress.History of the English People, Volume II (of 8)|John Richard Green
The fierce light that beats upon men of genius grows fiercer and fiercer every day, and it cannot be quenched.Theodore Watts-Dunton|James Douglas
Thirty years of fierce agitation and fiercer politics made an appeal to arms absolutely certain.Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence|Various
Huxley's cat, be it remembered, was never known to attack anything larger and fiercer than a butterfly.Americans and Others|Agnes Repplier
Word Origin for fierce
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.