fiendish 1520s, from FIEND (Cf. fiend) + -ISH (Cf. -ish). Related: Fiendishly; fiendishness.

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  • Fiendish — Fiend ish, a. Like a fiend; diabolically wicked or cruel; infernal; malignant; devilish; hellish. {Fiend ish*ly}, adv. {Fiend ish*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fiendish — index cold blooded, cruel, diabolic, harmful, malevolent, malignant, peccant (culpable), pernicious …   Law dictionary

  • fiendish — [adj] diabolical atrocious, beastly, brutish, cruel, demonic, demonical, devilish, diabolic, evil, hellish, inhuman, malicious, nefarious, sadistic, satanic, savage, vicious, wicked; concept 545 …   New thesaurus

  • fiendish — ► ADJECTIVE 1) extremely cruel or unpleasant. 2) extremely difficult. DERIVATIVES fiendishly adverb fiendishness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • fiendish — [fēn′dish] adj. 1. of or like a fiend; devilish; inhumanly wicked or cruel 2. extremely vexatious or difficult fiendishly adv. fiendishness n …   English World dictionary

  • fiendish — [[t]fi͟ːndɪʃ[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A fiendish plan, action, or device is very clever or imaginative. [INFORMAL] ...a fiendish plot. Syn: devilish Derived words: fiendishly ADV usu ADV adj This figure is reached by a fiendishly clever… …   English dictionary

  • Fiendish — Infobox Album | Name = Fiendish Type = Album Artist = Phideaux Xavier Released = 2003 Recorded = NYC LA Genre = Progressive rock Psychedelic rock Length = 44:58 Label = Bloodfish Music Producer = Mark Kramer on Tracks 1 10; Gabriel Moffat on… …   Wikipedia

  • fiendish — fiend|ish [ˈfi:ndıʃ] adj 1.) cruel and unpleasant ▪ a particularly fiendish practical joke 2.) very clever in an unpleasant way ▪ a fiendish plan 3.) extremely difficult or complicated ▪ several fiendish exam questions >fiendishly adv… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fiendish — fiend|ish [ findıʃ ] adjective 1. ) very evil: a fiendish grin 2. ) a fiendish plan or idea is very clever but cruel 3. ) a fiendish problem or question is very difficult to solve or deal with …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fiendish — adjective 1 cruel and unpleasant: Philip had a fiendish instinct for discovering other people s weak spots. 2 very clever in an unpleasant way: a fiendish plan to take over the company 3 extremely difficult or unpleasant: He set us some fiendish… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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