Fiend - who is it?

Probably each of us had to hear about a man - a disgusting, horrible, committed disgusting acts, said that he - the devil incarnate.Sometimes parents come to despair with the words referred to his disobedient child, although this is probably overkill.Why do we say so?Where did we come to this expression?


fiend - this idiom, of course, religious origin.The first word of it comes from the Old Slavonic language.Fiend - is, simply put, a child.And we are talking about the bad, the bad and disobedient child.Explanatory Dictionary Dal gives us to understand that the word most often used in a reproachful sense.His closest synonym is "geek."Performances as hell have deep roots even in Christianity, and even more ancient religions.This is not only and not so much a place of punishment in the popular mythology as the place of residence horrible and disgusting creatures - the demons and Satan.Those who had once been an angel, but rebelled against God.Thus, they lost their nature and have become residents of the underworld.Now each of them - a fiend.

Why are they called?

Hell is often depicted in religious art as a devouring mouth.However, it is not only swallows sinners, it also throws out its inhabitants.Those odds on the ground to multiply crime to seduce people.Thus, the gates of hell shall also give rise to evil.Therefore, a person who is not just a sinner, but a terrible criminal - a bloodthirsty murderer, a liar, a sadist and so on, is called the "devil incarnate".Thus, this word is hidden the view that the true residence of the - the grave, and there he and the road.


demon of the same name - is the most famous in the mythology and religious studies "fiend".He was present even in Judaism, and the word itself means "destruction" or "corruption".Christian texts turned it into a personalized creature called "Slayer" and "Angel of the abyss."It is a fight locusts and commands the spirits of devils, issued a walk at liberty until the Second Coming of Christ.This image came to taste the very writers - from the romantic to science fiction.Fallen Angel, who can repent, the demon of war and punishment approached the Dark Lord - this is not a complete list of incarnations of Abaddon.

figurative sense

As usual, in the vernacular vocabulary this expression has lost its religious meaning, leaving a moral connotation.Who are fiends in our modern language?Quite often, so-called political opponents, attributing them all the bad qualities unthinkable.This is one of the signs of information war and dehumanization of the enemy.Quite often such a vocabulary is used for ethnic cleansing, when the "devil incarnate" Hutu and Tutsi were called, on the contrary, justified the genocide of their enemies.In today's post-Soviet analogue of phraseologism serve those sentences in which everyone puts their meaning.Historically, however, the transfer value of "geeks from hell" with mythological creatures on real people and even their group was to happen in Europe in the Middle Ages.It was then that the people who did not think as ordered by the church authorities, came to be called heretics, and even "the devil incarnate", trying to prove their relationship with the infernal beings.As a rule, such an attitude to the people leads to violence and casualties.So the best one so do not call.Even those whom we consider horrible and incorrigible.After all, at the heart of poor people it is still human.