fiercely antigovernment, the resident said he is wary of sectarian tensions simmering beneath the surface.
Never mind Hernandez's meager 34 percent plurality in the fiercely battled contest.
As a discipline, graffiti is fiercely competitive, territorial, and dominated by men.
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.
Nasty; unpleasant; awful: Gee, it was fierce of me (1903+)