fierce


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms, Wikipedia.

fierce

 (fîrs)
adj. fierc·er, fierc·est
1.
a. Hostile and violent, especially by nature or temperament; ferocious: The Huns were fierce warriors.
b. Characterized by or showing hostility: gave us a fierce look.
2. Extremely powerful or destructive: a fierce storm; a fierce flood.
3. Intense in activity or feeling; vigorous or ardent: a fierce debate; fierce loyalty.

[Middle English fiers, from Old French, from Latin ferus; see ghwer- in Indo-European roots.]

fierce′ly adv.
fierce′ness n.

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]
ˈfiercely adv
ˈfierceness n

fierce

(fɪərs)

adj. fierc•er, fierc•est.
1. menacingly wild, savage, or hostile.
2. violent in force, intensity, etc.
3. furiously eager or intense: fierce competition.
4. Informal. extremely bad or severe: a fierce cold.
[1250–1300; Middle English fiers < Anglo-French fers, Old French fiers (nominative)< Latin ferus wild, fierce; compare feral, ferocious]
fierce′ly, adv.
fierce′ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fierce - marked by extreme and violent energy; "a ferocious beating"; "fierce fighting"; "a furious battle"
violent - acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity; "a violent attack"; "a violent person"; "violent feelings"; "a violent rage"; "felt a violent dislike"
2.fierce - marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictionsfierce - marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently; fervid; "fierce loyalty"; "in a tearing rage"; "vehement dislike"; "violent passions"
intense - possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree; "intense heat"; "intense anxiety"; "intense desire"; "intense emotion"; "the skunk's intense acrid odor"; "intense pain"; "enemy fire was intense"
3.fierce - ruthless in competition; "cutthroat competition"; "bowelless readiness to take advantage"
merciless, unmerciful - having or showing no mercy; "the merciless enemy"; "a merciless critic"; "gave him a merciless beating"
4.fierce - violently agitated and turbulent; "boisterous winds and waves"; "the fierce thunders roar me their music"- Ezra Pound; "rough weather"; "rough seas"
stormy - (especially of weather) affected or characterized by storms or commotion; "a stormy day"; "wide and stormy seas"

fierce

fierce

adjective
1. Showing or suggesting a disposition to be violently destructive without scruple or restraint:
2. So intense as to cause extreme suffering:
3. Intensely violent in sustained velocity:
4. Extreme in degree, strength, or effect:
5. Intensely sustained, especially in activity:
Translations
شَرِس، ضارٍ، عَنيفقَوي، عَنيفمُفْتَرِس
divokýkrutýnelítostnývzteklýzuřivý
bidskbisterglubskheftigskarp
hurjaraivokasraju
divlji
ákafurgrimmur; ofsalegur
凶暴な
난폭한
įniršęsnirtulingainirtulingas
nežēlīgsniknsspēcīgsstiprs
neľútostnýrozzúrený
napadalensilovit
våldsam
ดุร้าย
dữ tợn

fierce

[fɪəs] ADJ (fiercer (compar) (fiercest (superl)))
1. (= ferocious) [animal] → feroz, fiero; [gesture, expression] → feroz; [temper] → temible
the prime minister came under fierce attack from the oppositionla oposición atacó ferozmente al primer ministro
she gave me a fierce lookme lanzó una mirada furibunda
2. (= intense) [competition, argument] → encarnizado; [storm, wind, opposition, resistance] → violento; [opponent] → empedernido, acérrimo; [pride, loyalty] → impasionado; [heat] → intenso
fierce fighting broke out in the capitalse produjeron enfrentamientos encarnizados en la capital
the fire was so fierce that it took several hours to put it outel fuego era tan intenso que se tardaron varias horas en apagarlo

fierce

[ˈfɪərs] adj
[animal] → féroce; [look] → féroce, sauvage
to look fierce → avoir l'air féroce
The dog looked very fierce → Le chien avait l'air très féroce.
[wind, storm] → (très) violent(e)
The wind was very fierce → Le vent était très violent.
[attack] → violent(e); [battle] → violent(e); [fighting] → féroce
a fierce attack → une attaque violente
[enemy] → féroce
[competition] → acharné(e)
[loyalty] → à toute épreuve

fierce

adj (+er) animalwild, aggressiv; dogböse; person, look, appearancegrimmig; fighting, battle, opposition, resistance, opponent, critic, rivalserbittert, heftig; debate, argument, stormheftig; attack, competition, criticismscharf; determinationwild; loyaltyunerschütterlich; pride, ambition, independenceleidenschaftlich; heat, sunglühend; the troops came under fierce attackdie Truppen wurden scharf angegriffen; he has a fierce temperer braust schnell or leicht auf

fierce

[fɪəs] adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl))) (gen) → feroce; (opponent) → accanito/a; (enemy) → acerrimo/a; (look, fighting) → fiero/a; (wind, storm) → furioso/a; (heat) → intenso/a

fierce

(fiəs) adjective
1. very angry and likely to attack. a fierce dog; a fierce expression.
2. intense or strong. fierce rivals.
ˈfiercely adverb

fierce

مُفْتَرِس vzteklý bidsk heftig άγριος fiero hurja féroce divlji feroce 凶暴な 난폭한 woest heftig dziki feroz свирепый våldsam ดุร้าย azgın dữ tợn 凶猛的
References in classic literature ?
The grim and greedy one was soon prepared, savage and fierce, and in sleep he seized upon thirty of the thanes, and thence he again departed exulting in his prey, to go home with the carcases of the slain, to reach his own dwelling.
Now many moons had gone by since Umslopogaas became a king of the wolves, and he was a man full grown, a man fierce and tall and keen; a slayer of men, fleet of foot and of valour unequalled, seeing by night as well as by day.
Mong the motley-speckled fierce creatures, Shouldest rove, sinful-sound and fine-coloured, With longing lips smacking, Blessedly mocking, blessedly hellish, blessedly bloodthirsty, Robbing, skulking, lying--roving:--
This fault the Lacedaemonians did not fall into, for they made their children fierce by painful labour, as chiefly useful to inspire them with courage: though, as we have already often said, this is neither the only thing nor the principal thing necessary to attend to; and even with respect to this they may not thus attain their end; for we do not find either in other animals, or other nations, that courage necessarily attends the most cruel, but rather the milder, and those who have the dispositions of lions: for there are many people who are eager both to kill men and to devour human flesh, as the Achaeans and Heniochi in Pontus, and many others in Asia, some of whom are as bad, others worse than these, who indeed live by tyranny, but are men of no courage.
Be that as it may, for days the man, the panther, and the great apes roamed their savage haunts side by side, making their kills together and sharing them with one another, and of all the fierce and savage band none was more terrible than the smooth-skinned, powerful beast that had been but a few short months before a familiar figure in many a London drawing room.
His life among these fierce apes had been happy; for his recollection held no other life, nor did he know that there existed within the universe aught else than his little forest and the wild jungle animals with which he was familiar.
We are all threatened," answered the tiger, "by a fierce enemy which has lately come into this forest.
Behind us we left the stricken city in the fierce and brutal clutches of some forty thousand green warriors of the lesser hordes.
He gazed at the great houses without respect or envy, at the men with a fierce contempt, at the women with a sore feeling that if by chance he should be brought into contact with any of them they would regard him as a sort of wild animal, to be hurnoured or avoided purely as a matter of self-interest.
Fierce, fur-bearing creatures attacked us by daylight and by dark.
Human flesh is the food most craved by the fierce Barsoomian lion, whose great carcass and giant thews require enormous quantities of meat to sustain them.
THE DOLPHINS and Whales waged a fierce war with each other.