IcelandicEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse fjándi, from Proto-Germanic *fijandz. Cognate with Norwegian and Swedish fiende, Danish fjende, English fiend, Dutch vijand, German Feind.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

fjandi m (genitive singular fjanda, nominative plural fjendur or fjandar)

  1. (archaic or poetic) enemy
  2. devil, demon, fiend
  3. a term for another person (or thing) implying strong dislike or annoyment

Usage notesEdit

The plural fjendur is used with the sense of “enemies”, but fjandar for “devils”. In the sense “enemy”, the word is rarely encountered in the singular anymore. In the sense “devil”, it is often used in the singular with the definite article to indicate the Devil (Satan).

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