Definition of fierce in English:

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Pronunciation: /fɪəs/

adjective (fiercer, fiercest)

1Having or displaying a violent or ferocious aggressiveness: fierce fighting continued throughout the day
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  • For hundreds of years, in our mind at least, the tiger was a fierce, aggressive, dangerous and invincible animal.
  • It will be a closely fought and fierce battle but I hope it does.
  • Several fierce battles were fought between the two camps.
ferocious, savage, vicious;
wild, feral, untamed, undomesticated;
aggressive, bloodthirsty, dangerous;
cruel, brutal, murderous;
menacing, threatening, terrible, grim
1.1(Of the weather or temperature) powerful and destructive: fierce storms lashed the country
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  • Their vegetation, mostly scrub pine, is noticeably weathered from the fierce storms that punish this area.
  • While returning home to their farm, a fierce rain and wind storm catches them on the water and the boat capsizes, threatening to drown them both.
  • But in the face of fierce weather and conditions, and very young crew, that plane crashed.
powerful, strong, violent, forceful, bitter;
stormy, blustery, gusty, boisterous, tempestuous, raging, furious, turbulent, tumultuous, cyclonic, typhonic;
destructive, devastating
1.2Showing a heartfelt and powerful intensity: his fierce loyalty there was fierce local opposition to the plans
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  • It breeds fierce loyalty from its local skiers.
  • The decision came despite fierce opposition from local people, hundreds of whom signed petitions and wrote letters to the company demanding the counter remain open.
  • They are two of the biggest housing schemes seen in York for years - and they have attracted fierce opposition from local residents.
intense, powerful, vehement, passionate, impassioned, fervent, fervid, fiery, flaming, ardent, uncontrolled, immoderate, intemperate, inordinate
1.3(Of a mechanism) having a jolting and powerful abruptness of action: the fire door had a fierce pneumatic return
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  • Neither accelerator nor brake is fierce, the steering is accurate but requires no great effort.
  • His answer was a sudden jolt from Nick, fierce enough to let Nick slip out of his grasp.


Irish informal
Very; extremely: he was fierce proud
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  • He also had acquired a new home and was fierce proud of the garden, it stood on a small hill overlooking his kingdom, it was his inch of paradise and richly deserved.
  • I used to think that 70 was a fierce old age but it's not really!
  • He's looking fierce old though, would never pass for Fr Dougal now.


something fierce

North American informal To a great and almost overwhelming extent: I missed the country something fierce
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  • This morning, the snow is coming down something fierce.
  • Lead guitarist Nick Valensi is sweating Joey Santiago something fierce here.
  • And the wind has been blowing something fierce today.



Pronunciation: /ˈfɪəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • Lions symbolize good luck and their fierceness scares off evil spirits.
  • Given the fierceness with which I have criticized Mr. Kristof on occasion, I actually felt embarrassed about going up and talking to him.
  • The show has come back a year after the first episode of the American version premiered in Canada - but disappointingly, with hardly any new fierceness.


Middle English: from Old French fiers 'fierce, brave, proud', from Latin ferus 'untamed'.

Words that rhyme with fierce

Bierce, Pearce, Peirce, pierce, tierce

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