a chief fiend.

Origin of archfiend

First recorded in 1660–70; arch-1 + fiend Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for archfiend

beast, demon, devil, ghoul, monster, ogre

Examples from the Web for archfiend

Historical Examples of archfiend

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for archfiend



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

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]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper