A Word A Day : Fiend

Monday, 26th May 2008 : Today's Word is ...


( Noun )

Pronunciation : fee-nd


1. an evil supernatural being, especially a devil from hell

2. somebody regarded as wicked or cruel

3. a mischievous or annoying person, especially a child

4. an ardent enthusiast of a subject or activity

5. somebody with a specialized skill or talent


Old English fçond - hated person, enemy - (hence - the enemy of everyone - the devil) - fçogan - to hate - Germanic


archfiend, beast, devil, ghoul, monster, ogre, tiger, vampire, bug, devotee, enthusiast, fanatic, maniac, zealot, avernal, diabolical, fiendish, frantic, frenzied, infernal, malevolent, Mephistophelian, sardonic, satanic, saturnine, addict, barbarian, beast, brute, demon, energumen, incubus, Mephistopheles, obsessed, savage, scoundrel, succubus


angel, friend

Contextual Examples:

• A werewolf is often thought to be a fiend in supernatural stories.

• She's a real math fiend.

• Those little fiends ate all the cake!

• She's an absolute fiend when she's angry.

• Those children are little fiends.

• Under the tutelage of the mad god, White Fang became a fiend.

• The fiend in his own shape is less hideous than when he rages in the breast of man.

• The large dog appeared to be fiendish as it appeared in the light of the campfire.

Related Words:

Fiends : Noun - Plural

Fiendish : Adjective

Fiendishness : Noun

Fiendishly : Adverb

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