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.
Recent Examples on the Web Leslie's Ryan Wilder discovers the suit in the wreckage before learning that Batwoman's archenemy (also Kate's twin sister) killed her beloved grandmother. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, "Meet the new Batwoman: New actor steps in after only one season on the CW," 22 Jan. 2021 Some guests get it and play along with Space Ghost (voiced by George Lowe), who’s joined by his bandleader and former nemisis, Zorak, and producer (also an former archenemy) Moltar. Lauren Hill,, "What we’re watching: From ‘Walker’ reboot to Brit hit ‘The Sister’," 22 Jan. 2021 Even more so than any other in the canon, Cheetah is widely considered the superhero's deadliest and most dangerous archenemy. Ineye Komonibo,, "Wonder Woman 1984’s Supervillain Has A History Of Bad Blood With Our DC Heroine," 25 Dec. 2020 Weak and broken, Yerevan finds it less of a humiliation to accept Russian tutelage in Nagorno-Karabakh, if only to deny an archenemy a complete victory. Ivan Sascha Sheehan, National Review, "Russia’s New Territory," 23 Dec. 2020 Given this clear commitment to borscht, Ukrainians wonder why the soup is commonly assumed to be Russian, a national dish of their archenemy. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "A New Front Opens in the Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Borscht," 4 Nov. 2020 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

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First Known Use of archenemy

1550, in the meaning defined above

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“Archenemy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of archenemy

: someone's main enemy

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