fierce


fierce
fierce [fıəs US fırs] adj
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: fiers, from Latin ferus 'wild']
1.) done with a lot of energy and strong feelings, and sometimes violent
There was fierce fighting in the city.
fierce attack/opposition/criticism etc
The government's policies came under fierce attack.
The plan has evoked a fierce debate.
fierce competition between the companies
2.) a fierce person or animal is angry or ready to attack, and looks very frightening
fierce guard dogs
She turned round, looking fierce.
3.) fierce emotions are very strong and often angry
These people take fierce pride in their independence.
4.) fierce cold, heat, or weather is much colder, hotter etc than usual
a fierce wind
5.) sth fierce
AmE spoken more loudly, strongly etc than usual
It was snowing something fierce.
>fiercely adv
>fierceness n [U]

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