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fierceadjective

uk   /fɪəs/  us   /fɪrs/
B2 physicallyviolent and ​frightening: a fierce ​attack/​battle Two men were ​shot during fierce fighting last ​weekend.
B2 strong and ​powerful: Fierce ​windsprevented the ​race from taking ​place. Firefighters had to ​retreat from the fierce ​heat.
B2 showingstrongfeeling or ​energeticactivity: The ​expansionplans will ​face fierce opposition/​resistance from ​environmentalists. There is fierce competition to ​join the Special Branch.
US informal difficult: The ​chemistryexam was fierce!

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fierceness
noun [U] uk   /ˈfɪəs.nəs/  us   /ˈfɪrs.nəs/
(Definition of fierce from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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fierceadjective

 us   /fɪərs/
violent and ​forceful: fierce ​thunderstorms The ​city had been under fierce ​attack.
Fierce can also ​meansevere or ​extremelystrong: She’s a fierce ​critic of US ​policies. He was a fierce ​competitor.
(Definition of fierce from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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