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Etymology [ edit ]
Middle English ( feend “ enemy, demon ”), from Old English ( fēond “ enemy ”), from Proto-Germanic . Cognate with *fijandz Old Norse ( fjándi Icelandic , fjandi Danish , fjende Swedish , fiende Norwegian , fiende West Frisian , fijân Low German , Feend , Fiend Dutch , vijand German , Feind Gothic ( 𐍆𐌹𐌾𐌰𐌽𐌳𐍃 ), all of them meaning fijands . The Old Norse and Gothic terms are present participles of the corresponding verbs foe / fjá ( 𐍆𐌹𐌾𐌰𐌽 , fijan “ to hate ”). Akin to Sanskrit ( पियति piyati, “ (he) reviles ”).
Pronunciation [ edit ]
fiend ( plural ) fiends
( obsolete ) An enemy, unfriend, or foe.
( religious , archaic ) The enemy of mankind, specifically, the Devil; Satan.
1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 35:
At the confirmation ceremony the bishop would lay his hands on the child and tie around its forehead a linen band […]. This was believed to strengthen him against the assaults of the
fiend […]. A
devil or demon; a malignant or diabolical being; an evil spirit.
1845, E.A. Poe, "The Raven"
"Be that word our sign of parting, bird or
fiend!" A very
( informal ) An addict or fanatic
a jazz fiend
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fiend ( third-person singular simple present , fiends present participle , fiending simple past and past participle ) fiended
( slang , intransitive ) To yearn; to be desperate ( for something).
2011, Emma J. Stephens, For a Dancer: The Memoir
I am back in San Francisco at the Clift Hotel,
fiending for my fix.
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