archenemy

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

Definition of archenemy

: a principal enemy

Examples of archenemy in a Sentence

The two politicians were archenemies. The country went to war with its archenemy.

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Peter Parker uses his superhuman powers to battle his archenemy, the Green Goblin. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 Kenner travels constantly and obviously relishes giving talks, contributing to widely different magazines such as Art & Antiques and Byte, speaking to NPR, and taking potshots at his archenemy, Joyce biographer Richard Ellmann. Michael Dirda, National Review, "The Exhilarating Letters of Guy Davenport and Hugh Kenner," 25 July 2019 Also, Israel, which views Iran as its archenemy, is pressuring Trump to take a hardline approach to Tehran, which has threatened to wipe Israel off the map. Washington Post, "AP Analysis: Trump smiles with North Korea, threatens Iran," 2 July 2019 Also, Israel, which views Iran as its archenemy, is pressuring Trump to take a hard-line approach to Tehran, which has threatened to wipe Israel off the map. Matthew Lee, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump smiles with North Korea, threatens Iran," 1 July 2019 Some of the plot will include her dealing with bullies, an archenemy, friends and family, with the latter based on personalities of some of his relatives. Jeremy Deputat, Pomerado News, "Festival to honor famous graffiti artist with local roots," 5 June 2019 Any reduction in Saudi exports would be welcomed by Iran, the kingdom’s archenemy, which would benefit from an increase in prices. Clifford Krauss, The Seattle Times, "Saudis issued warnings against U.S. sanctions. But how much leverage do they have?," 16 Oct. 2018 Israel's main concern is keeping archenemy Iran, an Assad ally, as far away from its border as possible — along with its proxy, the militia of Lebanon's Hezbollah. Fox News, "Israel says it 'most likely intercepted' second drone approaching its border from Syria," 13 July 2018 Eli Cohen managed to forge close contacts within the political and military hierarchy of Israel’s archenemy in the early 1960s, ultimately rising to become a top adviser to Syria’s defense minister. Washington Post, "Israel’s Mossad spy agency shrouded in mystery and mystique," 1 May 2018

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1550, in the meaning defined above

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archenemy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of archenemy

: someone's main enemy

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