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noun, plural arch·en·e·mies.
  1. a chief enemy.
  2. Satan; the Devil.
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Origin of archenemy

First recorded in 1540–50; arch-1 + enemy
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Related Words for archenemy

antagonist, adversary, foe, nemesis, opponent

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Historical Examples of archenemy

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for archenemy


noun plural -mies
  1. a chief enemy
  2. the archenemy (often capital) the devil
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Word Origin and History for archenemy


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

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