(?), n. [OE. fend, find, fiend, feond, fiend, foe, AS. fend; akin to OS. fond, D. vijand enemy, OHG. fant, G. feind, Icel. fjnd, Sw. & Dan. fiende, Goth. fijands; orig. p. pr. of a verb meaning to hate, AS. fen, fegan, OHG. fn, Goth. fijan, Skr. py to scorn; prob. akin to E. feud a quarrel. 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.
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Into this wild abyss the wary fiend
Stood on the brink of Hell and looked a while.
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O woman! woman! when to ill thy mind
Is bent, all hell contains no fouler fiend.
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