archfiend

[ahrch-feend]

noun

a chief fiend.

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  1. archesporium,
  2. archetto,
  3. archetypal,
  4. archetype,
  5. archetypical,
  6. archi,
  7. archi-,
  8. archibald,
  9. archibald prize,
  10. archibenthos

Origin of archfiend

First recorded in 1660–70; arch-1 + fiend

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British Dictionary definitions for archfiend

archfiend

noun

the archfiend (often capital) the chief of fiends or devils; Satan
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Word Origin and History for archfiend

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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