Unfriend vs Fiend - What's the difference?

unfriend | fiend |


As nouns the difference between unfriend and fiend

is that unfriend is one who is not a friend; an enemy while fiend is (obsolete) an enemy, unfriend, or foe.

As a verb unfriend

is (rare) to sever as friends.

unfriend

English

Alternative forms

* (l)

Noun

(en noun)
  • One who is not a friend; an enemy.
  • * 1822 , Scott, Nigel :
  • Ye have back-friends, my lord, that is, un-friends , or to be plain, enemies.
  • * 1916 , William Edwin Chilton, John Downey Works, Fiscal relation between the United States and the District of Columbia
  • Thus many unfriends and some friends of the Capital agree upon the same policy with diverse and contradictory motives
  • * 1999 , Kees Waaijman, John Vriend, The mystical space of Carmel :
  • The unfriend' betrays me, ignores me, denies me, breaks me down; the ' unfriend is against and tries to devour my personhood.

    Synonyms

    * (l)

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (rare) To sever as friends.
  • * 1659 , Thomas Fuller, The Appeal of Injured Innocence
  • "I hope, sir, that we are not mutually Unfriended by this Difference which hath happened betwixt us."
  • (Internet) To defriend; to remove from one's friends list (eg on a social networking website).
  • * 2007 , Mia Consalvo, Caroline Haythornthwaite, Internet Research Annual: Volume 4
  • "I asked her why, she said it was because I didn't comment, and I shrugged and said whatever. I didn't unfriend her."

    Synonyms

    * defriend

    Antonyms

    * friend * befriend

    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

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