from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The fiend—that is, the devil: used as a negative, as in fient a bit (devil a bit), fient a haet, fient hait (devil a whit), etc.


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  • Ah, but not to be fooled by this fient at moderation by the captains of the sinking ship who are floundering as they face re-election this fall.

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  • Pierre a promis; et les Croises se fient e sa parole, comme les

    The Life of Charlotte Bronte 2002

  • Glossary: hail = whole fient = hardly straucht = straight dwine = dwindle forfochten = worn out abrede = spread tae gar = to make warldis = all the world remeid = relief mirk = darkness thir = these dule = misery leal = loyal soothfu = truthful

    Oh Wee White Rose of Scotland 1997

  • I saw the whole thing in a blink, but never lut wink, an 'Sandy was fient a hair the better or the waur o' Meg's man's mistak '.

    My Man Sandy J. B. Salmond

  • The fient a ane o 'them ever thocht there was a livin' sowl within fifty yairds o 'them, an' they were crackin 'an' kirrooin 'awa' like a pair o 'doos.

    My Man Sandy J. B. Salmond

  • Si vincimus, omnia nobis tuta erunt, commeatus abunde, municipia atque coloniae patebunt; sin metu cesserimus, eadem illa adversa fient: neque locus neque amicus quisquam teget, quem arma non texerint.

    C. Sallusti Crispi De Bello Catilinario Et Jugurthino 86 BC-34? BC Sallust

  • Ye'll see them i 'the mornin' gaen awa 'berfit to the skule, an' a seerip piece i 'their hand, wi' fient o 'hand or face o' them washen, an 'their claes as greasy as a cadger's pooch.

    My Man Sandy J. B. Salmond

  • They pey a 'their veesits throo the nicht, an' fient a cratur kens eechie or ochie aboot them.

    My Man Sandy J. B. Salmond

  • Your father gae you an awfu 'paikin'; but fient a hair did you care.

    My Man Sandy J. B. Salmond

  • Oor watter is no fit for ki drinking; an 'there's fient a thing but watter in the weet dock.

    My Man Sandy J. B. Salmond


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