Fiend Fiend, n. [OE. fend, find, fiend, feond, fiend, foe, AS. fe['o]nd; akin to OS. f[=i]ond, D. vijand enemy, OHG. f[=i]ant, G. feind, Icel. fj[=a]nd, Sw. & Dan. fiende, Goth. fijands; orig. p. pr. of a verb meaning to hate, AS. fe['o]n, fe['o]gan, OHG. f[=i]?n, Goth. fijan, Skr. p[=i]y to scorn; prob. akin to E. feud a quarrel. [root]81. Cf. {Foe}, {Friend}.] An implacable or malicious foe; one who is diabolically wicked or cruel; an infernal being; -- applied specifically to the devil or a demon. [1913 Webster]

Into this wild abyss the wary fiend Stood on the brink of Hell and looked a while. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

O woman! woman! when to ill thy mind Is bent, all hell contains no fouler fiend. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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