Fierce Fierce, a. [Compar. {Fiercer}; superl. {Fiercest}.] [OE. fers, fiers, OF. fier, nom. fiers, fierce, savage, cruel, F. fier proud, from L. ferus wild, savage, cruel; perh. akin to E. bear the animal. Cf. {Feral}, {Ferocity}.] 1. Furious; violent; unrestrained; impetuous; as, a fierce wind. [1913 Webster]

His fierce thunder drove us to the deep. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Vehement in anger or cruelty; ready or eager to kill or injure; of a nature to inspire terror; ferocious. ``A fierce whisper.'' --Dickens. ``A fierce tyrant.'' --Pope. [1913 Webster]

The fierce foe hung upon our broken rear. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Thou huntest me as a fierce lion. --Job. x. 16. [1913 Webster]

3. Excessively earnest, eager, or ardent.

Syn: Ferocious; savage; cruel; vehement; impetuous; barbarous; fell. See {Ferocious}. -- {Fierce"ly}, adv. -- {Fierce"ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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