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archfiend

[ahrch-feend] /ˈɑrtʃˈfind/
noun
1.
a chief fiend.
2.
Origin of archfiend
1660-1670
First recorded in 1660-70; arch-1 + fiend
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  • And then the subject became Religion, which was the archfiend's deadliest weapon.

    The Jungle Upton Sinclair
  • The archfiend himself is often distinguished by the softened title of the "good-man."

  • It was believed he had by inspiration secured an exact portrait of the archfiend.

    Demonology and Devil-lore Moncure Daniel Conway
  • Even among the men of the logs, who are bad, one man stands alone as the archfiend of them all.

    The Promise James B. Hendryx
  • I warrant you, if you had till the Day of Judgment, you could not guess what this archfiend is thinking.

  • And there came news that the king was in some gambling house with a troupe of that archfiend's spies.

    The Weight of the Crown

    Fred M. White
  • The archfiend promises pleasures without stint, and power without limitation.

British Dictionary definitions for archfiend

archfiend

/ˌɑːtʃˈfiːnd/
noun
1.
(often capital) the archfiend, the chief of fiends or devils; Satan
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Word Origin and History for archfiend
n.

1667, from arch (adj.) + fiend (n.). Originally and typically Satan (cf. arch-foe "Satan," 1610s).

So stretcht out huge in length the Arch-fiend lay. ["Paradise Lost," 1667]

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