Definition of fiend in English:



  • 1An evil spirit or demon.

    • ‘And with that, she stood up, and walked out into the forest, prepared to battle the evil fairy fiends.’
    • ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer staked her final fiend last spring, but ‘young women hearing voices from the beyond’ populate a number of new TV programmes.’
    • ‘Mac the Mouse takes an excursion into the unknown meeting monsters, fighting fiends and surmounting the impossible.’
    • ‘In the end - both badly wounded by the Dark One's minions - they both sacrificed themselves to ultimately slay that evil fiend Galaax forever.’
    • ‘The evil that was spawned from Cain became spirits, monsters, fiends, goblins and giants, forging the blood feud between mankind and monster.’
    • ‘First you have your traditional demon, a bestial fiend forged in a perverse mockery of man, who exists solely to corrupt, degrade, and ultimately destroy all that is good and worthwhile, and who relishes the job.’
    • ‘He might be an evil, undead fiend whose rapacious bloodlust terrorised Europe for centuries.’
    • ‘With Bob captured, the evil leader unleashes his latest creation, a Frankenstein-like fiend called The Beast, to kill the captive.’
    • ‘Translation: prison guards = evil fiends from Hell that take pleasure in the suffering of others.’
    • ‘They rid the land of the demons and fiends with swordplay and magic.’
    • ‘The true horror of this moody paranormal Korean feature is not the external fiends that haunt Jung-Won, but rather the inner demons that he possesses within.’
    • ‘Even though Mr. Cuddles wasn't a human, they still made a delicious snack of him, and I was forced to watch from behind a closet door as those vampire fiends feasted on his fluffy innards.’
    • ‘Hammer's goat headed fiend in The Devil Rides Out gets points for effort, but again, it's hard to be scared of something so easily discarded - with a burst of fireworks, no less.’
    • ‘Instead of making the intended living dead war film, where platoons of trained zombies are used to attack their fellow fiends and mankind feels a sense of hope for the future, Romero went insular and insane.’
    • ‘The monsters - the fiends themselves - were the handiwork of Munich-based special effects artists Ruppell & Nordhoff and Peter Neilson.’
    • ‘The family had never owned one, but when the boy was supposed to be working, he would be battling imaginary monsters and fiends with his father's scythe.’
    • ‘By placing these fiends under the command of a Satanic spirit, the story encourages us to literally demonize enemies whose cultures and colours differ from the Western norm.’
    • ‘It's up to Boone to find the fiend while avoiding his zombie henchmen and the ever-changing properties of the evil poison possessing him.’
    • ‘Also included is Nightmare Weekend, the 1986 classic about a mad scientist turning young ladies into killer zombie fiends.’
    • ‘In Mary's day the language of monsters and fiends was used by the ruling class to describe the revolutionary masses of Paris and rebelling industrial workers.’
    demon, devil, evil spirit, imp, bogie
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    1. 1.1the fiendarchaic The Devil.
      • ‘The Fiend has gone forth by night, and startled thousands in fear and wonder.’
      • ‘The summoner refuses, and the fiend drags the summoner off to hell, where all summoners have very special places.’
    2. 1.2 A wicked or cruel person.
      ‘a fiend thirsty for blood and revenge’
      • ‘Peterson: Don't speak to me that way, you wretched fiend.’
      • ‘When it looks as though all the music, the art, the architecture, the literature - the whole of human civilization - means nothing to the fiends who run the world?’
      • ‘It's up to Chef and the other boys of South Park to solve the mystery of how to destroy these cannibal corpses before the evil fiends overrun the entire town.’
      • ‘But most recently, an even greater fiend has taken the blame for the current floodtide of filth.’
      • ‘‘That was a nasty trick, fiend,’ Ephráim whispered in his ear while stabbing the assassin in the back with an ivory dagger.’
      • ‘The local constabulary has no leads on the whereabouts of this fiend, who cleaned me out so thoroughly that I am as poor as a church-mouse.’
      • ‘And don't panic, racist fiends: For now, your chances of getting to marry a white person are still well over 50 percent!’
      • ‘He was going to die at the hands of this fiend, here in the woods where no one would find him for weeks, and those who did wouldn't care… Gasping still, he called out’
      • ‘It's time to recognize that fiends may collect wherever power is concentrated.’
      • ‘In this game, the player must navigate a devilish labyrinth fighting many evil turbanized sword wielding fiends and avoiding razor sharp spikes of death.’
      • ‘His useless jostling composed no escape in the least, setting the audacious Risaku up to get mercilessly slaughtered by this fiend.’
      • ‘But it was only when the fiend struck for the third time that detectives began working with increasing certainty that the same person was responsible for all three hideous crimes.’
      • ‘Yes, Shylock is more human and less fiend than Marlowe's Jew of Malta.’
      • ‘How about ‘Columbine,’ the story of how two young teens in love are one day forced to battle evil black coated fiends with only their wits and paper clips.’
      • ‘Your employers, and their evil fiends in the government, had seen the potential of your device, how it could so easily be used as a weapon.’
      • ‘Her fingers itched to draw her sword and slay an evil fiend or rescue some poor soul.’
      • ‘His self-image is rooted in robotic toughness, like the shape-shifting, molten-metal fiend in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.’
      • ‘Vince sits on top of his kingdom just like some sort of evil fiend.’
      • ‘From his slavery-era extermination to his modern metropolitan dominion, there is something sinister - and yet sympathetic - about this forlorn fiend.’
      • ‘This stance has been immortalized by the infamous Biblical fiend Haman, the father of ethnic cleansing and the historic author of anti-Semitism.’
      brute, beast, villain, barbarian, monster, ogre, sadist, evil-doer
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    3. 1.3informal A person who is excessively fond of or addicted to something.
      ‘the restaurant's owner is a wine fiend’
      • ‘After a morning of tumbling over the living room furniture and each other, these sugarplum fairies are as cranked up as coffee fiends.’
      • ‘He made an exasperated noise and said, ‘You know I meant that she knows you better than I know you, not she knows you better than she knows me, you grammar fiend.’’
      • ‘The dopey dame that got Slaughter pink slipped by Uncle Sam turns up to ask for help in dealing with her ex-fiancé, ex-partner, current dope fiend and woodoo wacko.’
      • ‘For that matter, how did the PICU nurses know that I'm not some crazed drug fiend?’
      • ‘Walking down the neighborhood's side streets in the middle of the day, prostitutes, drug dealers and dope fiends approach without hesitation.’
      • ‘Turns out that training as a dorm-room reefer fiend had some practical application after all.’
      • ‘Then the tabloids will read about Rita Lin and all that pagoogle and make me out as some raving drug fiend and make my life more interesting.’
      • ‘Is being a ‘moody crack fiend,’ we wonder, anything like being an angry drunk?’
      • ‘All-around mountain fiend Alex Lowe was the company's quality-assurance manager.’
      • ‘All the clichés of the form are on display in ‘Plague in the Heartland,’ worn down every bit as smooth as the teeth of a longtime meth fiend.’
      • ‘And why can't we let patients make an informed choice based on the data, rather than paternalistically presupposing that all humans are incipient dope fiends?’
      • ‘That explains why I like it so much, art nouveau fiend that I am.’
      • ‘I have to applaud Chris for his miraculous, classy turn-around from drug-riddled dope fiend to responsible father and Broadway star.’
      • ‘Hundreds of pill popping, crack smoking heroin fiends line the sidewalks and alleyways of this potentially gorgeous neighborhood and quite frankly I have been disgusted to a degree I no longer feel is tolerable.’
      • ‘Simply because we are not tied down and inhibited by the dogma of the mainstream religions and don't believe in what society deems as the norm, does not make us evil devil worshiping sex fiends.’
      • ‘The top candidate is Bo Outlaw of the Phoenix Suns, a 6-foot-8 loose-ball fiend who also blocks shots and does highly meaningful work on the boards.’
      • ‘Whoremonger and liquored-up weed fiend though he may be, I've always liked old Charlie.’
      • ‘Cammy was no saint, but he was no demon-possessed drug fiend, either.’
      • ‘Two distant older brothers were in Japanese government service but she considered herself an American ‘jazz fiend.’’
      • ‘Christensen got mentioned for a number of acting awards by the great Award Mentioner, and he is certainly much better than average as an overwrought teenage drug fiend.’
      enthusiast, fanatic, maniac, addict
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Old English fēond ‘an enemy, the devil, a demon’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vijand and German Feind ‘enemy’.