Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A principal enemy.
  • n. The Devil; Satan. Used with the.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a principal enemy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A principal enemy. Specifically, Satan, the grand adversary of mankind.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A chief enemy; specifically, Satan, the devil.

Etymologies

From arch- + enemy (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In honor of the holiday, Hawaii Five-0 executive producer Peter Lenkov is giving fans a gift — the introduction of the villainous Wo Fat, Steve McGarrett's archenemy from the original 1968 — 1980 series.

    Keck's Exclusives: Hawaii Five-0 Brings Back a Big Killer

  • “Toby Mawer … isn’t he the fellow you called your archenemy?”

    A Hellion in Her Bed

  • Sending Tanya Vladimova in against his archenemy was a step he had longed to take years ago but could never bring himself to do.

    The Miko

  • How about for every WoW character above level 20, you get an "archenemy", an NPC who appears every once in a while to try and mess with you.

    Foozles I Have Known, Quests I Have Done

  • (Yeah, I tell him everything, I tell him that I talk on the phone with his best friend or what he calls his "archenemy" for about 2 hours, I tell him that I spent five hours or so at the mall with another one of his good friends ... and NOTHING happens.)

    moschikat Diary Entry

  • Who would have thought her archenemy was her next-door neighbor, Linda, Blake’s wife?

    Déjà Vu

  • "The Glee Project winner is Sue Sylvester's new archenemy and she is going to destroy their life," he says.

    Exclusive: Glee Boss Ryan Murphy Reveals Sue's New Nemesis

  • So he decides to put up a wanted note for an archenemy, hoping that it will help him discover his true powers.

    Searching For Superpowers In All The Wrong Places

  • The film opens with a prolonged, expansive fight sequence in a pasture, where Jone Bang Fai single-handedly whoops about fifty people, all of whom get up afterwards, only a little hurt -- because Jone Bang Fai is the good guy, you see, so he only tries to kill his archenemy; his use of deadly attack moves and explosives doesn't seriously harm anyone else.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • When he's not monologuing, beating up unimportant bad guys, or ogling Central City's numerous femme fatales (all women in this universe are femme fatales), he indulges his hobby of engaging in endless fistfights with his archenemy, the Octopus.

    Movie Review: The Spirit

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