arch·​en·​e·​my | \ (ˌ)ärch-ˈe-nə-mē How to pronounce archenemy (audio) \
plural archenemies

Definition of archenemy

: a principal enemy

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The two politicians were archenemies. The country went to war with its archenemy.
Recent Examples on the Web But among those ready to fill any vacuum, are countries like Russia, Turkey and Iran, pushing for greater geopolitical influence in the region — with Tehran remaining an archenemy of America's key allies. Saphora Smith, NBC News, "Trump Covid diagnosis puts America's friends and foes on alert," 5 Oct. 2020 Here comes the San Diego Padres – the archenemy of baseball tradition. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Nine Padres pitchers shut out Cardinals in decisive Game 3, setting up NLDS date with Dodgers," 3 Oct. 2020 Fiocruz is connected to the federal government’s Ministry of Health, while Butantan is part of the São Paulo state government, and Doria is a political archenemy of Bolsonaro. Herton Escobar, Science | AAAS, "‘I just want this suffering to be over.’ Brazilians flock to COVID-19 vaccine trials," 22 Sep. 2020 These videos are a series of fiendishly cunning conundrums and treasure hunts created by Moriarty — not Sherlock Holmes’ archenemy Professor Moriarty, but a Cottage Grove insurance agent named Pat Moriarty. Richard Chin, Star Tribune, "Meet Minnesota's subculture of treasure hunters and treasure hiders," 11 Aug. 2020 Israel views the group as a dangerous regional proxy operated by its archenemy Iran; both Israel and the United States have designated it a terrorist organization. Sarah Dadouch, Washington Post, "Israel says it thwarted an attack on its northern border with Syria," 3 Aug. 2020 The showdown has stoked the sort of nationalist feelings that Mr. Modi has proved adept at turning into political support, but unlike past confrontations with Pakistan, India can’t afford to turn China into an archenemy, analysts say. ... Vibhuti Agarwal And Krishna Pokharel, WSJ, "Clash With China Presents Political Challenge to India’s Leader," 7 July 2020 During the campaigning, BJP members called for violence against minority Muslims by invoking the specter of archenemy Pakistan. Washington Post, "New Delhi votes with Modi’s popularity on the line," 8 Feb. 2020 Turkey, along with Qatar, backs the GNA, which has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood—an archenemy of Egypt’s secular, military government. Nicholas Saidel, WSJ, "The Middle East Conflict You Haven’t Heard About," 9 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of archenemy

1550, in the meaning defined above

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“Archenemy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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: someone's main enemy

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