fiendish

adjective

fiend·​ish ˈfēn-dish How to pronounce fiendish (audio)
1
: perversely diabolical
took a fiendish pleasure in hurting people
2
: extremely cruel or wicked
3
: excessively bad, unpleasant, or difficult
fiendish weather
fiendishly adverb
fiendishness noun

Examples of fiendish in a Sentence

He takes a fiendish delight in hurting people. a fiendish delight in playing cruel tricks
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Word History

First Known Use

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fiendish was in 1529

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“Fiendish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fiendish. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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