Definition of fierce in English:



  • 1Having or displaying a violent or ferocious aggressiveness.

    ‘fierce fighting continued throughout the day’
    ‘the tiger is the largest member of the cat family and a fierce predator’
    • ‘She was a ferocious, fierce soldier, one who would go far.’
    • ‘Several fierce battles were fought between the two camps.’
    • ‘At least you're fierce and aggressive now in your anger.’
    • ‘I noticed that land was only about one hundred yards away, but there was a fierce battle being fought.’
    • ‘It will be a closely fought and fierce battle but I hope it does.’
    • ‘Anti-monarchist rebels bombed the police base a, triggering a fierce exchange of fire.’
    • ‘Such claims have, inevitably, produced a fierce response from the nuclear industry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Later, they fight fierce battles against each other as each tries to reach a vital bridge first.’
    • ‘Some 300 people were trapped inside as police fought a fierce 45-minute long gun battle.’
    • ‘I can understand how he feels, I'm taken aback, to say the least, by this fierce display of fighting ability that I never imagined Milon capable of.’
    • ‘Not a particularly fierce fighter but the river was strewn with rocks and boulders and was running quite fast too.’
    • ‘The sounds of the fierce battle reverberated throughout the city as dawn broke.’
    • ‘Angry miners fought fierce battles with police and security forces on the streets of the Polish capital Warsaw at the end of July.’
    • ‘The reality is that the centaur race is marked in myth as particularly war like and fierce.’
    • ‘The battles had been fierce, but Allison continued to find herself astonished at how the two societies went to war.’
    • ‘One view sees development as a fierce process, with much blood, sweat and tears - a world in which wisdom demands toughness.’
    • ‘For hundreds of years, in our mind at least, the tiger was a fierce, aggressive, dangerous and invincible animal.’
    • ‘The communities that play can display fierce and irrational rivalries.’
    ferocious, savage, vicious
    aggressive, cut-throat, competitive
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    1. 1.1 (of the weather or temperature) powerful and destructive.
      ‘fierce storms lashed the country’
      • ‘Gently pulling the sweatshirt over my head, I stepped out and into the fierce weather and it only took a few minutes before I was fully drenched.’
      • ‘Warm water provides fuel for tropical storms to increase strength and become fierce hurricanes.’
      • ‘The experts see the work as challenging because of the strong currents and fierce storms.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I hustled to get into the cab and out of the fierce storm.’
      • ‘No sooner had they done so than a fierce storm arose stranding them on the island for two weeks.’
      • ‘In January 2001, the road was swept away in a fierce storm.’
      • ‘However, fierce weather postponed plans to escort him off the isle until later in the week.’
      • ‘How could something so thin, so frail and delicate, have been strong enough to withstand that fierce storm last night?’
      • ‘The weather has turned cold with fierce showers that pelt like hail.’
      • ‘Pretty soon, the light drizzle became a fierce downpour.’
      • ‘But in the face of fierce weather and conditions, and very young crew, that plane crashed.’
      • ‘Before they could haul in the nets a fierce storm came up and swept them to destruction.’
      • ‘Most days, the large columns that supported the high walls of the shopping center shielded the market from the sun's rays or fierce rains or winds.’
      • ‘The rain was fierce and the windshield wipers swept frantic.’
      • ‘It's strange how you adapt to such fierce weather conditions, in fact it's an amazing experience.’
      • ‘The wind abruptly grew fierce and both of them awakened from their stupor to steady themselves.’
      • ‘Scientists told the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee last Wednesday that global warming will result in more fierce hurricanes in the future.’
      • ‘Along the way, they encountered hostile forces, fierce weather and a formidable landscape.’
      • ‘However, I can already hear the thunder and lightning unleashing the fierce storm of the year.’
      powerful, strong, violent, forceful, bitter
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    2. 1.2 Showing a heartfelt and powerful intensity.
      ‘his fierce loyalty’
      ‘there was fierce local opposition to the plans’
      • ‘He was a man of intense feelings and fierce hates.’
      • ‘The trials have provoked fierce opposition from local people, particularly organic farmers and beekeepers who fear for their livelihood.’
      • ‘The trust obtained planning permission for the pay and display equipment despite fierce objections to the scheme by councillors.’
      • ‘Many local councils have been slow to establish more suitable sites - often because of fierce opposition from local people.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is a region known for fierce loyalty to hundreds of local sports teams, and local rivalry is considered a virtue.’
      • ‘Their defeats could be directly attributed to the lack of his fierce aggression and quiet, shrewd leadership.’
      • ‘People that transcend their class background often have this dynamism, but sometimes also display a fierce pride that can feel like anger.’
      • ‘As a result, she pursues her objectives with a fierce intensity that will not let go of things.’
      • ‘‘So,’ he started, his voice fierce, ‘I guess it's okay for you to converse with me now that no one's around, huh?’’
      • ‘They are two of the biggest housing schemes seen in York for years - and they have attracted fierce opposition from local residents.’
      • ‘It breeds fierce loyalty from its local skiers.’
      • ‘He looked away, and the shadows made his face fierce and remote.’
      • ‘She thinks that that training is the source of the fierce concentration she displays on stage.’
      • ‘‘I have claim to her life,’ he said with fierce intensity.’
      • ‘‘Never doubt,’ he whispered, his voice fierce, yet tender.’
      • ‘You therefore pursue your objectives with a fierce intensity and are prepared to commit yourself deeply and readily.’
      • ‘Nathan warned, his tone fierce and warning; more so than Lisa had ever heard him use before.’
      • ‘When I'd broken down, which hadn't happened often but when it did it hit with fierce intensity, she'd been there for me, comforting me in the dark.’
      • ‘Cool hands lacing fingers with hers, his kiss fierce yet tender, passionate, and fulfilling.’
      aggressive, cut-throat, competitive
      intense, powerful, vehement, passionate, impassioned, fervent, fervid, fiery, flaming, ardent, uncontrolled, immoderate, intemperate, inordinate
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    3. 1.3 (of a mechanism) having a jolting and powerful abruptness of action.
      ‘the fire door had a fierce pneumatic return’
      • ‘His answer was a sudden jolt from Nick, fierce enough to let Nick slip out of his grasp.’
      • ‘Neither accelerator nor brake is fierce, the steering is accurate but requires no great effort.’


  • Very; extremely.

    ‘he was fierce proud’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of them gave us a fierce dirty look when we made a bit of noise as he prepared to take his shot.’
    • ‘It'll probably sound fierce pretentious but, pray tell, indulge me a moment.’


  • something fierce

    • informal To a great and almost overwhelming extent.

      ‘I missed the country something fierce’
      • ‘Every time someone takes a step anywhere in the house, these flimsy windows rattle something fierce.’
      • ‘Lead guitarist Nick Valensi is sweating Joey Santiago something fierce here.’
      • ‘I bet it would increase the signal-to-noise ratio something fierce.’
      • ‘This morning, the snow is coming down something fierce.’
      • ‘But it's not fall - not yet, ladies - and I dare say your feet are going to stink something fierce when the next heat wave hits.’
      • ‘The Internet Activity policy chapped my hide something fierce.’
      • ‘I can deal with my mental radio, but I loathe anxiety something fierce.’
      • ‘And the wind has been blowing something fierce today.’
      • ‘Every day when I hear about some of our boys being killed, it pains me something fierce, but I still think it has to be done.’
      • ‘Dad's second mate is coughing something fierce, a little nun is staring into her coffee, her chin trembling.’


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