Adjective "fierce" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/fɪəs/

Definitions and examples

adjective

Having or displaying a violent or ferocious aggressiveness.
  1. 'the tiger is the largest member of the cat family and a fierce predator'
  2. 'The battles had been fierce, but Allison continued to find herself astonished at how the two societies went to war.'
  3. 'Later, they fight fierce battles against each other as each tries to reach a vital bridge first.'
  4. 'The communities that play can display fierce and irrational rivalries.'
  5. 'There is fierce competition, particularly for city centre properties, and it is not unusual for whole developments to be sold before the first brick is laid.'
  6. 'Such claims have, inevitably, produced a fierce response from the nuclear industry.'
  7. 'For hundreds of years, in our mind at least, the tiger was a fierce, aggressive, dangerous and invincible animal.'
  8. 'The reality is that the centaur race is marked in myth as particularly war like and fierce.'
  9. 'At least you're fierce and aggressive now in your anger.'
  10. 'I noticed that land was only about one hundred yards away, but there was a fierce battle being fought.'
  11. 'fierce storms lashed the country'
  12. 'How could something so thin, so frail and delicate, have been strong enough to withstand that fierce storm last night?'
  13. 'Scientists told the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee last Wednesday that global warming will result in more fierce hurricanes in the future.'
  14. 'The weather has turned cold with fierce showers that pelt like hail.'
  15. '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.'
  16. 'I hustled to get into the cab and out of the fierce storm.'
  17. 'In January 2001, the road was swept away in a fierce storm.'
  18. 'Warm water provides fuel for tropical storms to increase strength and become fierce hurricanes.'
  19. 'No sooner had they done so than a fierce storm arose stranding them on the island for two weeks.'
  20. 'The wind abruptly grew fierce and both of them awakened from their stupor to steady themselves.'
  21. 'But in the face of fierce weather and conditions, and very young crew, that plane crashed.'
  22. 'his fierce loyalty'
  23. 'People that transcend their class background often have this dynamism, but sometimes also display a fierce pride that can feel like anger.'
  24. 'It is a region known for fierce loyalty to hundreds of local sports teams, and local rivalry is considered a virtue.'
  25. '‘Never doubt,’ he whispered, his voice fierce, yet tender.'
  26. 'They are two of the biggest housing schemes seen in York for years - and they have attracted fierce opposition from local residents.'
  27. 'It breeds fierce loyalty from its local skiers.'
  28. 'Many local councils have been slow to establish more suitable sites - often because of fierce opposition from local people.'
  29. '‘I have claim to her life,’ he said with fierce intensity.'
  30. 'Nathan warned, his tone fierce and warning; more so than Lisa had ever heard him use before.'
  31. '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.'
  32. 'As a result, she pursues her objectives with a fierce intensity that will not let go of things.'
  33. 'the fire door had a fierce pneumatic return'
  34. 'Neither accelerator nor brake is fierce, the steering is accurate but requires no great effort.'

adverb

Very; extremely.
  1. 'He's looking fierce old though, would never pass for Fr Dougal now.'
  2. '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.'
  3. 'It'll probably sound fierce pretentious but, pray tell, indulge me a moment.'

Definitions

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.

More examples(as adjective)

"competitions can be fierce with markets."

"competitions can be fierce in businesses."

"debates can be fierce over things."

"winds can be fierce off straits."

"situations can be fierce in beaches."

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Origin

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

Phrase

something fierce