fiend

Definitions

  • Motor Fiend
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fiend an evil supernatural being
    • n fiend a person motivated by irrational enthusiasm (as for a cause) "A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject"--Winston Churchill"
    • n fiend a cruel wicked and inhuman person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Unfortunately Gaius grew up and became emperor, incongruously retaining his boyhood diminutive. "Little boots" in Latin is "Caligula." As you may know, he was a bloodthirsty, sadistic fiend.
    • n Fiend An implacable or malicious foe; one who is diabolically wicked or cruel; an infernal being; -- applied specifically to the devil or a demon. "Into this wild abyss the wary fiend Stood on the brink of Hell and looked a while.""O woman! woman! when to ill thy mind
      Is bent, all hell contains no fouler fiend ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fiend An enemy; a foe.
    • n fiend Specifically, the enemy of mankind; Satan; the devil.
    • n fiend Hence, in a general sense, a devil; a demon; a malignant or diabolical being; an evil spirit.
    • n fiend An exceedingly wicked, cruel, spiteful, or destructive person: as, a dynamite fiend; a fire fiend.
    • n fiend A person who gives great annoyance; a persistent bore: as, the newspaper fiend; the hand-organ fiend.
    • n fiend Synonyms See devil.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fiend fēnd the devil: one actuated by the most intense wickedness or hate
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Quotations

  • William Blake
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    “My mother groaned, my father wept, into the dangerous world I leapt; helpless, naked, piping loud, like a fiend hid in a cloud.”
  • Johann Kaspar Lavater
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    “You may tell a man thou art a fiend, but not your nose wants blowing; to him alone who can bear a thing of that kind, you may tell all.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “I can forgive Alfred Nobel for having invented dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize.”
  • Nicholas Rowe
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    “Guilt is the source of sorrows, the avenging fiend that follows us behind with whips and stings.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “The torpid artist seeks inspiration at any cost, by virtue or by vice, by friend or by fiend, by prayer or by wine.”
  • Erich Fromm
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    “The ordinary man with extraordinary power is the chief danger for mankind -- not the fiend or the sadist.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. fend, find, fiend, feond, fiend, foe, AS. feónd,; akin to OS. fīond, D. vijand, enemy, OHG. fīant, G. feind, Icel. fjānd, Sw. & Dan. fiende, Goth. fijands,; orig. p. pr. of a verb meaning to hate, AS. feón, feógan, OHG. fīn, Goth. fijan, Skr. pīy, to scorn; prob. akin to E. feud, a quarrel. √81. Cf. Foe Friend
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. feónd, pr.p. of feón, to hate; Ger. feind, Dut. vijand.

Usage

In literature:

The fiend of darkness is let loose, and the powers of evil shall prevail.
"The Great White Queen" by William Le Queux
This monstrous being, half-man, half-fiend, dwelt in the fens near the hill on which Heorot stood.
"Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race" by Maud Isabel Ebbutt
You who are London children know Mr. Fog-fiend very well.
"The Children's Book of London" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
For so it did the fiend whom Julian the Emperor commanded to go to the other side of the world to bring him tidings how it was there.
"The Form of Perfect Living and Other Prose Treatises" by Richard Rolle of Hampole
Remember, I once knew a man with the face of an angel, and the heart of a fiend.
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
No, though a phalanx of fiends from the depths bar my passage, yet will I press forward like he who fights for life.
"Saronia" by Richard Short
You have to fight these two fiends daily.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
We seem to be rapidly becoming a nation of cocaine fiends.
"Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why" by Martha M. Allen
Woe to those we encounter, they will fight with fiends.
"The Corsair King" by Mór Jókai
Her wicked brother stopped over her, and laughed hideously, as fiends only can laugh.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Tears burst from her eyes, and she suddenly relapsed from the incarnate fiend into the subdued woman.
"Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf" by George W. M. Reynolds
Many of them, too, have filed teeth, which imparts to their hideous countenances the most fiend-like appearance.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
The fiend stood revealed in all his hideous deformity.
"Folk-lore and Legends: German" by Anonymous
Fiends in Human Form.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
How the fiend's name came you acquainted?
"The Panchronicon" by Harold Steele Mackaye
By heavens, I love you to distraction, and have sworn a solemn oath that you shall be mine, though a legion of fiends oppose me!
"City Crimes" by Greenhorn
Gayarre, of course, I believed to be the fiend.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
He imputes every wild fancy that springs up in his mind to the whisper of a fiend.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
That would make him a fiend.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope
But there was one hideous fiend who grinned, and pinched, and shrieked.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
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In poetry:

Alone, the Thebaid hermit leaned
At noontime o'er the sacred word.
Was it an angel or a fiend
Whose voice be heard?
"The Hermit of Thebaid" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And the first night the taper's light
Burnt steadily and clear.
But they without a hideous rout
Of angry fiends could hear;
"A Ballad, Shewing How An Old Woman Rode Double, And Who Rode Before Her" by Robert Southey
The legions of infernal fiends
Then with them needs must be,
A just reward for all their pains,
This they shall feel and see.
"Of Hell And The Estate of Those Who Perish" by John Bunyan
My mother groaned, my father wept,
Into the dangerous world I leapt;
Helpless, naked, piping loud,
Like a fiend hid in a cloud.
"Infant Sorrow" by William Blake
Either in joy, in bliss and light,
Or sorrow, woe, and grief;
Either with Christ and saints in white,
Or fiends, without relief.
"Of Death" by John Bunyan
Now venting a triumphant shout,
And ever and anon a groan,
Like fiend from prison lately out,
Or like unhappy chain'd one's moan.
"The Pine Tree" by Thomas Frederick Young

In news:

Did any NBC personality out-sap gymnastics schmaltz fiend Tim Daggett.
In 2006, Maranello rolled out the impossibly gorgeous 599 GTB Fiorano – complete with the V-12 from the vaunted Enzo supercar – and car fiends wondered how Ferrari could ever top that act.
Facebook creates addicts stronger than any nicotine fiend, according to a new report.
America's sweetheart, June Allyson and Ed Wood's favorite fiend, Tor Johnson, appeared together in the 1950 flick The Reformer and the Redhead.
In "The Wolfman ," Universal's reboot of its 1941 genre classic, one brother meets his end at the razor-sharp claws of an unknown fiend.
"Opium Fiend, A 21st Century Slave to a 19th Century Addiction " opens with this harrowing description of the author trying to cut himself off from a drug that had taken over his life as a freelance journalist in Southeast Asia.
As any hoops fiend will tell you, Seattle isn?t a pickup-basketball town.
N ail fiends, consider your game elevated.
Today's Friday the 13th: Watch out for black cats, broken mirrors and crazed fiends wearing hockey masks.
Founded by Haunted House mogul Gene Braden in 1989, San Antonio's oldest haunted house has been a yearly Halloween pilgrimage for generations of fiends for fear.
For those only familiar with Kesha in terms of her chart toppers, it's easy to dismiss the glitter fiend as little more than an unapologetic, party-hopping booze hound.
No longer for 'fops, foreigners and fiends,' more men are sporting a moustache, especially in Movember.
W hen I told my mother – a fiend for candied ginger – that I was testing a batch of these muffins , she said she wished she could fly right over and dig in.
It seems there are lots of specialty shops popping up lately that offer a chance to buy household supplies, especially of the environmentally-fiendly ilk—cleansers, shampoos, and such—in bulk.
With stellar storage performance backed by extra care in the development of its controller, the SSD 520 is an easy choice for speed fiends with budget to spare.
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