adjective, fierc·er, fierc·est.
Origin of fierce
Examples from the Web for fiercest
Even its fiercest detractors admit that WWP has the right motives, even if they believe WWP can be a lot more effective.
Sharks are normally considered to be the fiercest fish in the water.Shark-Eating Monsters, the Kid Emmys, and More Viral Videos|The Daily Beast Video|August 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Peshmerga have long been considered the fiercest fighting force in the region.Obama’s Iraq Plan Has a Killer Flaw—and Airstrikes Alone May Not Save It|Jacob Siegel|August 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They left a week ago, after the Ukrainian Army began the latest and fiercest episode of its “Anti-Terrorist Operation.”Ukraine Families Flee Into the Forest to Escape Brutal Fighting in Sloviansk|Yusuf Sayman|June 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The religious basis of the fiercest opposition to same-sex marriage is a truism.Opposing Gay Marriage Doesn’t Make You a Crypto-Racist|Jonathan Rauch|April 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was now fiercest in the forest, which crackled with the rifle shots and the sound of singing bullets.The Free Rangers|Joseph A. Altsheler
He seemed to own the knack of being wherever the fight was fiercest.King--of the Khyber Rifles|Talbot Mundy
But it was not Hawthorne's silence that provoked to fiercest expression the safe zeal of certain literary loyalists.
An aspect obnoxious to the gaze will pour water on the fiercest fire.Cleopatra, Complete|Georg Ebers
This was the fiercest fight Gareth had ever fought, and it lasted for an hour and a half.Stories of King Arthur's Knights|Mary MacGregor
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.