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fierce

[ feers ]SEE DEFINITION OF fierce

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FIERCE

This unexpected opposition excited the fierce resentment of the captain.

Afterward his uncle came in a fierce humor, slamming the door.

When a woman loves a fierce man she takes the risk of his fierceness.

She could be fierce and wicked; she is ignorant and bitter about many things; I am afraid for her.

The voice, too, when he spoke, was as deep and as fierce as the growl of a beast of prey.

He bent closer to his companion, and spoke with a fierce intensity that brooked no denial.

Mrs. McKee's tone, which had been fierce at the beginning, ended feebly.

It filled his heart with delight to play with the fierce, imperious animal he rode.

Close behind them came the fierce dogs, snarling at their very heels.

He was as wicked as most of the race, fierce, violent, and voluptuous.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., "proud, noble, bold," from Old French fers, nominative form of fer, fier "strong, overwhelming, violent, fierce, wild; proud, mighty, great, impressive" (Modern French fier "proud, haughty"), from Latin ferus "wild, untamed," from PIE root *ghwer- "wild, wild animal" (cf. Greek ther, Old Church Slavonic zveri, Lithuanian zveris "wild beast").

Original English sense of "brave, proud" died out 16c., but caused the word at first to be commonly used as an epithet, which accounts for the rare instance of a French word entering English in the nominative case. Meaning "ferocious, wild, savage" is from c.1300. Related: Fiercely; fierceness.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR FIERCE

wild

adjectiveuntamed
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