fierce

[feers]
adjective, fiercer, fiercest.
1.
menacingly wild, savage, or hostile: fierce animals; a fierce look.
2.
violent in force, intensity, etc.: fierce winds.
3.
furiously eager or intense: fierce competition.
4.
Informal. extremely bad or severe: a fierce cold.

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

fiercely, adverb
fierceness, noun
overfierce, adjective
overfiercely, adverb
overfierceness, noun
unfierce, adjective
unfiercely, adjective


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.


1. tame, mild.
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fierce (fɪəs)
 
adj
1.  having a violent and unrestrained nature; savage: a fierce dog
2.  wild or turbulent in force, action, or intensity: a fierce storm
3.  vehement, intense, or strong: fierce competition
4.  informal very disagreeable or unpleasant
 
[C13: from Old French fiers, from Latin ferus]
 
'fiercely
 
adv
 
'fierceness
 
n

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fierce
mid-13c., from O.Fr. fers, nom. form of fer, fier "wild, ferocious," from L. ferus "wild, untamed," from PIE base *gwer- "wild, wild animal" (cf. Gk. ther, O.C.S. zveri, Lith. zveris "wild beast"). Originally in English also with a sense of "brave, proud," which 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. Related: Fiercely; fierceness.
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Example sentences
Were the egg to bounce free, she would fiercely peck and break it.
As it is, they often dare not, because it is too fiercely resisted by the
  tenured faculty.
Existing incendiaries tend to burn fiercely but quickly.
Others form tight settlements and are fiercely loyal to a single fat queen.
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