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archenemy

[ahrch-en-uh-mee] /ˈɑrtʃˈɛn ə mi/
noun, plural archenemies.
1.
a chief enemy.
2.
Satan; the Devil.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; arch-1 + enemy
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  • Although water may be the life-giving liquid of our planet, it has long been recognized as the archenemy of our roads.
  • His uncle became his archenemy, thwarting his advancement whenever possible.
British Dictionary definitions for archenemy

archenemy

/ˈɑːtʃˈɛnɪmɪ/
noun (pl) -mies
1.
a chief enemy
2.
(often capital) the archenemy, the devil
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Word Origin and History for archenemy
n.

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

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