fierce vs violent what difference

what is difference between fierce and violent

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 Middle English violent, from Old French violent, from Latin violentus, from vīs (strength). For the verb, compare French violenter.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈvaɪ.ə.lənt/, /ˈvaɪ.lənt/
  • Rhymes: -aɪlənt
  • Hyphenation: vi‧o‧lent, vio‧lent

Adjective

violent (comparative violenter or more violent, superlative violentest or most violent)

  1. Involving extreme force or motion.
  2. Involving physical conflict.
  3. Likely to use physical force.
  4. Intensely vivid.
    • We have already observed, that he was a very good-natured fellow, and he hath himself declared the violent attachment he had to the person and character of Jones []
  5. Produced or effected by force; not spontaneous; unnatural.
    • 1684-1690, Thomas Burnet, Sacred Theory of the Earth
      and no violent state by his own Maxim, can be perpetual,

Antonyms

  • peaceful

Related terms

  • violence

Translations

Verb

violent (third-person singular simple present violents, present participle violenting, simple past and past participle violented)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To urge with violence.
    • a great adversary , stepping in , so violented his Majesty to a trial

Noun

violent (plural violents)

  1. (obsolete) An assailant.
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Anagrams

  • LOVEINT

Catalan

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin violentus.

Pronunciation

  • (Balearic, Valencian) IPA(key): /vi.oˈlent/
  • (Central) IPA(key): /bi.uˈlen/

Adjective

violent (feminine violenta, masculine plural violents, feminine plural violentes)

  1. violent

Derived terms

  • violentament

Related terms

  • violència

Further reading

  • “violent” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
  • “violent” in Gran Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana, Grup Enciclopèdia Catalana.
  • “violent” in Diccionari normatiu valencià, Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua.
  • “violent” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.

French

Etymology 1

Borrowed into Old French from Latin violentus.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /vjɔ.lɑ̃/

Adjective

violent (feminine singular violente, masculine plural violents, feminine plural violentes)

  1. violent
  2. severe

Etymology 2

Inflected forms.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /vjɔl/
  • Homophones: viole, violes

Verb

violent

  1. inflection of violer:
    1. third-person plural present indicative
    2. third-person plural present subjunctive

Anagrams

  • ventilo, voilent

Further reading

  • “violent” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Latin

Verb

violent

  1. third-person plural present active subjunctive of violō

Middle English

Alternative forms

  • vyolent, wyolent, vilent

Etymology

From Old French violent, from Latin violentus.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˌviːɔlˈɛnt/, /ˌviːəlˈɛnt/, /viəlˈɛnt/, /ˈviːəlɛnt/

Adjective

violent (plural and weak singular violente)

  1. Violent, forcible, injury-causing.
  2. Potent, mighty, damaging, forceful
  3. Severe, extreme; excessive in magnitude.
  4. Tending to cause injuries; likely to cause violence.
  5. Abrupt; happening without warning or notice.
  6. (rare) Despotic, authoritarian; ruling unfairly.

Related terms

  • violence
  • violently

Descendants

  • English: violent

References

  • “vī̆olent, adj.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2019-05-30.

Occitan

Etymology

From Latin violentus.

Pronunciation

Adjective

violent m (feminine singular violenta, masculine plural violents, feminine plural violentas)

  1. violent

Related terms

  • violéncia

Old French

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin violentus.

Adjective

violent m (oblique and nominative feminine singular violent or violente)

  1. violent (using violence)

Descendants

  • Middle English: violent, vyolent, wyolent, vilent
    • English: violent
  • French: violent

Piedmontese

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /vjuˈlɛŋt/

Adjective

violent

  1. violent

Romanian

Etymology

Borrowed from French violent, Latin violentus.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /vi.oˈlent/

Adjective

violent m or n (feminine singular violentă, masculine plural violenți, feminine and neuter plural violente)

  1. violent

Declension

Related terms

  • violență

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