fierce
adjective (fiercer; fiercest) Etymology: Middle English fiers, from Anglo-French fer, fers, fiers, from Latin ferus wild, savage; akin to Greek thēr wild animal Date: 14th century 1. a. violently hostile or aggressive in temperament b. given to fighting or killing ; pugnacious 2. a. marked by unrestrained zeal or vehemence <
a fierce argument
>
b. extremely vexatious, disappointing, or intense <
fierce pain
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3. furiously active or determined <
make a fierce effort
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4. wild or menacing in appearance • fierceness noun Synonyms: fierce, ferocious, barbarous, savage, cruel mean showing fury or malignity in looks or actions. fierce applies to humans and animals that inspire terror because of their wild and menacing aspect or fury in attack <
fierce warriors
>
. ferocious implies extreme fierceness and unrestrained violence and brutality <
a ferocious dog
>
. barbarous implies a ferocity or mercilessness regarded as unworthy of civilized people <
barbarous treatment of prisoners
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. savage implies the absence of inhibitions restraining civilized people filled with rage, lust, or other violent passion <
a savage criminal
>
. cruel implies indifference to suffering and even positive pleasure in inflicting it <
the cruel jokes of schoolboys
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • fierce — [firs] adj. fiercer, fiercest [ME fers < OFr fers, fier < L ferus, wild, savage < IE base * g̑hwer , wild animal > Gr thēr, animal] 1. of a violently cruel nature; savage; wild [a fierce dog] 2. violent; uncontrolled [a fierce storm]… …   English World dictionary

  • fierce — fierce·ly; fierce·ness; fierce; …   English syllables

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