Evil vs Fiend - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between evil and fiend
is that evil
is the forces/behaviors that are the opposite or enemy of good evil generally seeks own benefit at the expense of others and is based on general malevolence while fiend
is (obsolete) an enemy, unfriend, or foe.
As a adjective evil
is intending to harm; malevolent.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
Intending to harm; malevolent.
- Do you think that companies that engage in animal testing are evil ?
- an evil plot to kill innocent people
Producing or threatening sorrow, distress, injury, or calamity; unpropitious; calamitous.
* Bible, Deuteronomy xxii. 19
- Ah, what a sign it is of evil life, / When death's approach is seen so terrible.
- He hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel.
- The owl shrieked at thy birth — an evil sign.
(obsolete) Having harmful qualities; not good; worthless or deleterious.
- Evil news rides post, while good news baits.
* Bible, Matthew vii. 18
- an evil''' beast; an '''evil''' plant; an '''evil crop
(computing, programming, slang) undesirable; harmful; bad practice
- A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit.
- Global variables are evil ; storing processing context in object member variables allows those objects to be reused in a much more flexible way.
* See also
* evil eye
* evil laugh
* evil laughter
* Evil One
* evil twin
Moral badness; wickedness; malevolence; the forces or behaviors that are the opposite or enemy of good.
* Bible, (Ecclesiastes). ix. 3
* , chapter=16
- The heart of the sons of men is full of evil .
The Mirror and the Lamp
, passage=The preposterous altruism too!
Anything which impairs the happiness of a being or deprives a being of any good; anything which causes suffering of any kind to sentient beings; injury; mischief; harm.
* (John Milton)
* (William Shakespeare)
- evils which our own misdeeds have wrought
(obsolete) A malady or disease; especially in the phrase king's evil (scrofula).
- The evil that men do lives after them.
- He [Edward the Confessor] was the first that touched for the evil .
* axis of evil
* king's evil
* lesser evil
* necessary evil
* poll evil
(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