American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An evil spirit; a demon.
- n. The Devil; Satan.
- n. A diabolically evil or wicked person.
- n. Informal One who is addicted to something: a dope fiend.
- n. Informal One who is completely absorbed in or obsessed with a given job or pastime: a crossword-puzzle fiend.
- n. Informal One who is particularly adept at something: a fiend with computers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An enemy; a foe.
- n. Specifically, the enemy of mankind; Satan; the devil.
- n. Hence, in a general sense, a devil; a demon; a malignant or diabolical being; an evil spirit.
- n. An exceedingly wicked, cruel, spiteful, or destructive person: as, a dynamite fiend; a fire fiend.
- n. A person who gives great annoyance; a persistent bore: as, the newspaper fiend; the hand-organ fiend.
- n. Synonyms See devil.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An implacable or malicious foe; one who is diabolically wicked or cruel; an infernal being; -- applied specifically to the devil or a demon.
- n. a cruel wicked and inhuman person
- n. an evil supernatural being
- n. a person motivated by irrational enthusiasm (as for a cause)
- Middle English, from Old English fēond; see pē(i)- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Or shall we consider them as embodied in the word fiend, and call him Lincoln, the Fiend?”
“My best thought for your exams The muffins looks delicious and your boy fiend is so kind”
“After reading your comment, I went back to determine who this ungrateful fiend is who was so anxious to renounce his or her citizenship and I was also unable to find any such post.”
“And our favorite little fiend is on the cover - Cthulu ...”
“This happens more often with elderly people; and it was on such an occasion that I heard a catchword fiend, a moderately young person, use her pet phrase as a red lantern to stop better, if more halting, talk.”
“What the foul fiend is the meaning of all this?" in the same breath inquired the father and son.”
“As Cæcius, the "darkener," became ultimately changed into Cacus, the "evil one," so the name of Vritra, the "concealer," the most famous of the Panis, was gradually generalized until it came to mean "enemy," like the English word fiend, and began to be applied indiscriminately to any kind of evil spirit.”
“His Master," as he called the fiend, then directed him the road he should take.”
“It seems Mark was most unhappy after the Manchester show, when the fat fiend aka "Dr" Alan Wise squirreled away 90% of the income.”
“And that my fiend is a never ending losing idea whose time has come and gone.”
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