from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having a savage and violent nature; ferocious. See Synonyms at cruel.
- adj. Extremely severe or violent; terrible: "the fierce thunders roar me their music” ( Ezra Pound).
- adj. Extremely intense or ardent: fierce loyalty. See Synonyms at intense.
- adj. Strenuously active or resolute: a fierce attempt to escape.
- adj. Informal Very difficult or unpleasant: a fierce exam.
- adj. Savage or threatening in appearance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Extremely violent, severe, ferocious or savage.
- adj. Resolute or strenuously active.
- adj. Threatening in appearance or demeanor.
- adj. very, excellent.
- adj. Of exceptional quality, exhibiting boldness or chutzpah.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Furious; violent; unrestrained; impetuous.
- adj. Vehement in anger or cruelty; ready or eager to kill or injure; of a nature to inspire terror; ferocious.
- adj. Excessively earnest, eager, or ardent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wild, as a beast; savage; ferocious; having a cruel or rapacious disposition or intention: as, a fierce lion; a fierce pursuer.
- Ferocious in quality or manifestation; indicating or marked by savage cruelty or rage.
- Violent; vehement; impetuous; passionate; ardent.
- Wild; disordered; dreadful.
- Strong; powerful.
- Great; large (of number).
- Brisk; lively.
- Sudden; precipitate.
- =Syn. 1–3. Infuriate, fell, fiery, passionate, barbarous, rapacious, ravenous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. ruthless in competition
- adj. marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently; fervid
- adj. violently agitated and turbulent
- adj. marked by extreme and violent energy
Middle English fiers, from Old French, from Latin ferus; see ghwer- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French fers ("wild", "ferocious"), from Latin ferus ("wild", "untamed") (Wiktionary)