fierce vs furious what difference

what is difference between fierce and furious

English

Etymology

From Middle English fers, fiers, borrowed from Old French fers (wild”, “ferocious), nominative of fer, from Latin ferus (wild”, “untamed)

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /fɪəs/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /fɪɹs/
  • Rhymes: -ɪə(ɹ)s

Adjective

fierce (comparative fiercer, superlative fiercest)

  1. Exceedingly violent, severe, ferocious, cruel or savage.
    A fierce storm battered the coast.
    I felt a fierce loyalty to my family.
  2. Resolute or strenuously active.
    We made a fierce attempt to escape.
    • 1902, John Buchan, The Outgoing of the Tide
      Yet his passion for her had grown fiercer than ever, and he swore to himself that he would win her back from her phantasies. She, one may believe, was ready enough to listen.
  3. Threatening in appearance or demeanor.
    The lion gave a fierce roar.
  4. (slang, Ireland, rural) Excellent, very good.
    Q: “How was the party last night?” A: “Fierce!”
  5. (slang, US, LGBT, fashion) Of exceptional quality, exhibiting boldness or chutzpah.
    Tyra said to strike a pose and make it fierce.

Synonyms

  • (exceedingly violent): incessive
  • (threatening in appearance or demeanor): incessive

Derived terms

  • fiercely
  • fierceness
  • something fierce

Related terms

  • feral
  • ferocious

Translations

Adverb

fierce (not comparable)

  1. (slang, Ireland, rural) Extremely; very.
    It was fierce cold last night.

References

  • fierce at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • fierce in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Anagrams

  • Recife


English

Etymology

From Old French furieus, from Latin furiōsus.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfjʊə.ɹɪəs/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfjʊɹ.i.əs/, /ˈfjɝ.i.əs/
  • Hyphenation: fu‧ri‧ous
  • Rhymes: -ʊəɹiəs

Adjective

furious (comparative more furious, superlative most furious)

  1. Feeling great anger; raging; violent.
  2. Rushing with impetuosity; moving with violence.

Derived terms

  • fast and furious
  • furiousness
  • overfurious

Translations


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