fierce Definition

  • 1having or displaying an intense or ferocious aggressiveness
  • 2showing a heartfelt and powerful intensity

Using fierce: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "fierce" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The fierce lion roared loudly.

  • Example

    She has a fierce determination to succeed.

  • Example

    The storm brought fierce winds and heavy rain.

  • Example

    The team put up a fierce fight against their opponents.

fierce Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for fierce

Idioms Using fierce

  • fight like a tiger (or lion)

    to fight with great energy and determination


    Despite being outnumbered, they fought like tigers and managed to win the battle.

  • in full pursuit or attack, especially with loud and fierce shouting


    The protesters were in full cry, demanding justice for the victims.

  • like a cat on a hot tin roof

    extremely nervous or agitated


    He was pacing back and forth like a cat on a hot tin roof, waiting for the results of the exam.

Phrases with fierce

  • a situation where businesses or individuals compete aggressively with each other


    The company faces fierce competition from its rivals.

  • a strong feeling of support and allegiance towards someone or something


    The fans showed fierce loyalty to their team, even during difficult times.

  • fierce determination

    a strong resolve to achieve a goal despite obstacles or challenges


    Her fierce determination to succeed helped her overcome many obstacles.

Origins of fierce

from Old French 'fiers', meaning 'proud, valiant'


Summary: fierce in Brief

The adjective 'fierce' [firs] describes intense or ferocious aggressiveness, as in 'The fierce lion roared loudly,' or heartfelt and powerful intensity, as in 'She has a fierce determination to succeed.' The term extends into phrases like 'fierce competition,' and idioms like 'fight like a tiger (or lion),' denoting energetic and determined action, and 'like a cat on a hot tin roof,' indicating extreme nervousness.

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