verb (used without object)
Origin of fiend
Examples from the Web for fiend
By the end Buck has been transformed into a monster—“the Fiend incarnate.”American Dreams: ‘The Call of the Wild’ by Jack London|Nathaniel Rich|January 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Here is another Potter fiend crying over Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
"I wish I'd shot that fiend to-day," said Barraclough savagely.Hurricane Island|H. B. Marriott Watson
He hated people so much that when he died he became a fiend.Tales from Tennyson|Molly K. Bellew
Then a fiend in a man's shape saw her, and offered inducements to her parents which ended in his marrying her.Things as They Are|Amy Wilson-Carmichael
By Saint George, or rather by the Dragon, who may be a kinsman of the fiend in the straw, a most comical chance!Kenilworth|Sir Walter Scott
If you expect my judgment of that fiend ever to be softened, you expect a miracle.A Secret Inheritance (Volume 3 of 3)|B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
British Dictionary definitions for fiend (1 of 2)
- a person who is intensely interested in or fond of somethinga fresh-air fiend; he is a fiend for cards
- an addicta drug fiend
Word Origin for fiend
British Dictionary definitions for fiend (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for fiend
Old English feond "enemy, foe," originally present participle of feogan "to hate," from Proto-Germanic *fijæjan (cf. Old Frisian fiand "enemy," Old Saxon fiond, Middle Dutch viant, Dutch vijand "enemy," Old Norse fjandi, Old High German fiant, Gothic fijands), from PIE root *pe(i)- "to blame, revile" (cf. Gothic faian "to blame;" see passion).
As spelling suggests, it was originally the opposite of friend, but the word began to be used in Old English for "Satan" (as the "enemy of mankind"), which shifted its sense to "diabolical person" (early 13c.). The old sense of the word devolved to foe, then to the imported word enemy. For spelling with -ie- see field. Meaning "devotee (of whatever is indicated)," e.g. dope fiend, is from 1865.