A Word A Day : Fiend





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


Fiend



( Noun )




Pronunciation : fee-nd


Definition:



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


Etymology:


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


Synonyms:


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


Antonyms:


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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