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archfiend

[ahrch-feend] /ˈɑrtʃˈfind/
noun
1.
a chief fiend.
2.
Origin of archfiend
1660-1670
1660-70; arch-1 + fiend
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  • 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
  • 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."

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

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

    Demonology and Devil-lore Moncure Daniel Conway
  • The archfiend promises pleasures without stint, and power without limitation.

  • 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
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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