Ghoul vs Fiend - What's the difference?

ghoul | fiend |


As nouns the difference between ghoul and fiend

is that ghoul is (mythology|folklore) a spirit said to feed on corpses while fiend is (obsolete) an enemy, unfriend, or foe.

ghoul

English

Alternative forms

* ghole

Noun

(en noun)
  • (mythology, folklore) A spirit said to feed on corpses.
  • * 1927 — , Pickman's Model
  • The other chamber had shown a pack of ghouls and witches over-running the world of our forefathers, but this one brought the horror right into our own daily life!.
  • A graverobber
  • A person with an undue interest in death and corpses.
  • Derived terms

    * ghoulish

    Descendants

    * Portuguese: (l)

    Anagrams

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    fiend

    English

    Alternative forms

    * (l)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (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:
  • 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 devil or demon; a malignant or diabolical being; an evil spirit.
  • * 1845 , E.A. Poe, "The Raven"
  • "Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend! "
  • A very evil person
  • (informal) An addict or fanatic
  • a jazz fiend

    Derived terms

    * fienddom/fiendom * fiendful * fiendhood * fiendish * fiendkin * fiendlike * fiendling * fiendly * fiendness * fiendship * dope fiend

    Synonyms

    * monster

    Anagrams

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