fiend·​ish | \ ˈfēn-dish How to pronounce fiendish (audio) \

Definition of fiendish

1 : perversely diabolical took a fiendish pleasure in hurting people
2 : extremely cruel or wicked
3 : excessively bad, unpleasant, or difficult fiendish weather

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fiendishly adverb
fiendishness noun

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Examples of fiendish in a Sentence

He takes a fiendish delight in hurting people. a fiendish delight in playing cruel tricks
Recent Examples on the Web Revisiting these novels in audio format is a way to acquaint myself anew with the fiendish plots, terrific prose and indelible characters, and to experience a different version of the initial infatuation. Sarah Weinman, New York Times, "‘Killing People in Fiction Was Fun’: Mysteries That Have Stood the Test of Time," 15 May 2020 Is your company’s dress code just a secret test of high-level reasoning skills designed by fiendish bosses? Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "The Office Dress Code Should Never Come Back," 13 Apr. 2020 Part of the problem is simply the fiendish nature of the pathogen. Mark Landler, New York Times, "A Fumbled Global Response to the Virus in a Leadership Void," 10 Mar. 2020 Their mission: to take on hundreds of Nazi officials who evaded justice after the fall of the Third Reich and are hatching a fiendish plot from within seats of American governmental power. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to watch (and skip) in theaters and on Netflix or Amazon this weekend," 21 Feb. 2020 Since his condition inevitably makes him ill at ease in social situations, Bart has devised a clever, if fiendish, way to improve himself. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Night Clerk': Film Review," 19 Feb. 2020 Ricky Gervais, the sharp-witted, foul-mouthed and unapologetically fiendish British comedian, was the show's host. NBC News, "Trump doubles down on Iran threats, huge crowds mourn Soleimani, and the Golden Globes top moments: The Morning Rundown," 6 Jan. 2020 Eubank's camerawork often puts audiences inside Norah's helmet, playing up just how dire their circumstances are with the fiendish suggestion its glass might crack at any point. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Skip) in Theaters and on HBO This Weekend," 10 Jan. 2020 Henry’s taut prose and efficient character development propel the story to a fiendish twist of an ending. oregonlive, "Another Read Through is leaving Mississippi Avenue, and other Oregon book news," 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of fiendish

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fiendish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fiendish

: very evil or cruel
: extremely bad, unpleasant, or difficult

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