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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  Into  this  wild  abyss  the  wary  fiend  Stood  on  the  brink 
  of  Hell  and  looked  a  while  --Milton. 
 
  O  woman!  woman!  when  to  ill  thy  mind  Is  bent,  all  hell 
  contains  no  fouler  fiend.  --Pope. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fiend 
  n  1:  a  cruel  wicked  and  inhuman  person  [syn:  {monster},  {devil}, 
  {demon},  {ogre}] 
  2:  one  of  the  evil  spirits  of  traditional  Jewish  and  Christian 
  belief  [syn:  {devil},  {demon},  {daemon},  {daimon}] 
  3:  a  person  motivated  by  irrational  enthusiasm  (as  for  a  cause) 
  [syn:  {fanatic}] 




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