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3 definitions found
 for fierce
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              His fierce thunder drove us to the deep. --Milton.
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     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.
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              The fierce foe hung upon our broken rear. --Milton.
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              Thou huntest me as a fierce lion.     --Job. x. 16.
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     3. Excessively earnest, eager, or ardent.
  
     Syn: Ferocious; savage; cruel; vehement; impetuous;
          barbarous; fell. See Ferocious. -- Fierce"ly, adv.
          -- Fierce"ness, n.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  fierce
      adj 1: marked by extreme and violent energy; "a ferocious
             beating"; "fierce fighting"; "a furious battle" [syn:
             ferocious, fierce, furious, savage]
      2: marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions;
         inclined to react violently; fervid; "fierce loyalty"; "in a
         tearing rage"; "vehement dislike"; "violent passions" [syn:
         fierce, tearing, vehement, violent, trigger-happy]
      3: ruthless in competition; "cutthroat competition"; "bowelless
         readiness to take advantage" [syn: cutthroat, fierce,
         bowelless]
      4: violently agitated and turbulent; "boisterous winds and
         waves"; "the fierce thunders roar me their music"- Ezra
         Pound; "rough weather"; "rough seas" [syn: boisterous,
         fierce, rough]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  227 Moby Thesaurus words for "fierce":
     Draconian, Tartarean, abandoned, acid, acidulous, acrid,
     acrimonious, acute, aggressive, amok, angry, animal, antagonistic,
     anthropophagous, astringent, atrocious, awful, barbaric, barbarous,
     battling, beastly, bellicose, belligerent, bellowing, berserk,
     bestial, biting, bitter, bloodthirsty, bloody, bloody-minded,
     brutal, brutalized, brute, brutish, cannibalistic, carried away,
     caustic, chauvinist, chauvinistic, combative, concentrated,
     contentious, cruel, cruel-hearted, cutting, dangerous, delirious,
     demoniac, demoniacal, desperate, devilish, diabolic, dire,
     distracted, double-edged, drastic, dreadful, ecstatic, edged,
     enemy, enraged, enraptured, escharotic, excessive, exorbitant,
     exquisite, extravagant, extreme, fell, feral, ferine, ferocious,
     fiendish, fiendlike, fiery, fighting, fighting mad, frantic,
     frenzied, full of fight, fulminating, fuming, furious, great, grim,
     haggard, harsh, hawkish, hellish, hog-wild, homicidal, hopping mad,
     hostile, hotheaded, howling, hysterical, immoderate, impetuous,
     in a rage, in a transport, in hysterics, incisive, infernal,
     infuriate, infuriated, inhuman, inhumane, inimical, inordinate,
     intemperate, intense, intoxicated, intractable, jingo, jingoish,
     jingoist, jingoistic, keen, kill-crazy, mad, maddened, madding,
     malign, malignant, maniac, martial, menacing, merciless, militant,
     militaristic, military, mordacious, mordant, murderous,
     noncivilized, offensive, orgasmic, orgiastic, outrageous,
     passionate, penetrating, piercing, pitiless, poignant, possessed,
     pugnacious, quarrelsome, rabid, racking, raging, ramping, ranting,
     raving, raving mad, ravished, rigorous, roaring, roaring mad,
     rough, running mad, ruthless, saber-rattling, sadistic, sanguinary,
     sanguineous, satanic, savage, scathing, scrappy, severe, sharkish,
     sharp, simmering, slavering, soldierlike, soldierly, splitting,
     stabbing, stinging, storming, stormy, strident, stringent,
     subhuman, superlative, supreme, tameless, tart, tempestuous,
     terrible, threatening, tigerish, tornadic, tough, transcendent,
     transported, trenchant, trigger-happy, truculent, tumultuous,
     turbulent, unchristian, uncivilized, unconscionable,
     uncontrollable, unfriendly, ungentle, unhuman, unpacific,
     unpeaceable, unpeaceful, untamed, vehement, venomous, vicious,
     violent, virulent, vitriolic, volcanic, warlike, warmongering,
     warring, wild, wild-eyed, wild-looking, wolfish
  
  

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