Demon vs Fiend - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between demon and fiend
is that demon
is an evil spirit while fiend
is (obsolete) an enemy, unfriend, or foe.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
* daemon, (typically only used today for the sense of 'a Greek or Roman godling' )
* daimon (''typically only used in the sense of 'inner spirit' or 'personal guardian')
An evil spirit.
A fallen angel or Satanic divinity; a false god.
One’s inner spirit or genius, a daimon.
(Greek mythology, Roman mythology) A genius, a lar, the protective spirit or godling of a place, household, or individual.
A foible; a flaw in a person’s character.
Someone of remarkable or diabolical energy or ability.
- The demon of stupidity haunts me whenever I open my mouth.
(figurative) Anything with malevolent effects.
- He’s a demon at the card tables.
- the demon drink
The original Greek and Roman meanings often employ synonyms or the variant spellings daimon' or ' daemon to differentiate them from the more common ecclesiastical sense.
* See also
(obsolete) An enemy, unfriend, or foe.
(religious, archaic) The enemy of mankind, specifically, the Devil; Satan.
* 1971 , , Religion and the Decline of Magic , Folio Society 2012, p. 35:
A devil or demon; a malignant or diabolical being; an evil spirit.
* 1845 , E.A. Poe, "The Raven"
- At the confirmation ceremony the bishop would lay his hands on the child and tie around its forehead a linen band […]. This was believed to strengthen him against the assaults of the fiend […].
A very evil person
(informal) An addict or fanatic
- "Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend! "
- a jazz fiend
* dope fiend