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[ahrch-en-uh-mee] /ˈɑrtʃˈɛn ə mi/
noun, plural archenemies.
a chief enemy.
Satan; the Devil.
Origin of archenemy
First recorded in 1540-50; arch-1 + enemy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And our archenemy dangling by the foot in mid-air, completely at our mercy!

    David and the Phoenix Edward Ormondroyd
  • Leithgow vouchsafed his archenemy no more than a look, but turned to the Hawk.

    The Passing of Ku Sui Anthony Gilmore
  • He was not the archenemy of the movement (as some of the boys themselves thought): he simply had no use for it.

    Tom Slade Percy K. Fitzhugh
  • But he was not prepared for the skilful trap which his archenemy was baiting for him, and into which he was to promptly fall.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • Thus does that archenemy favour his friends for a time, and thus does he at last reward them.

  • The archenemy and his angels are thus left upon an earth devoid of human beings.

    Our Day W. A. Spicer
British Dictionary definitions for archenemy


noun (pl) -mies
a chief enemy
(often capital) the archenemy, the devil
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for archenemy

also arch-enemy, 1540s, from arch- + enemy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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