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.
Recent Examples on the Web His blood brother Storm Shadow is also his archenemy. NBC News, "'G.I. Joe' Spinoff With Henry Golding Gets Traditional Blessing in Japan," 10 Jan. 2020 The strikes further burst into the open what’s been a long shadow war between Israel and its archenemy Iran. Washington Post, "Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria; 2 reported killed," 20 Nov. 2019 Peter Parker uses his superhuman powers to battle his archenemy, the Green Goblin. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019," 22 Sep. 2019 Netanyahu has been fierce in his lobbying of Trump, urging him to pull out of the controversial 2015 nuclear pact with Iran and consistently pushing the United States for increasing economic sanctions against its regional archenemy. BostonGlobe.com, "According to the report, which cited three anonymous former senior US officials ‘‘with knowledge of the matter,’’ the equipment — devices that mimic cell towers, fooling cellphones into giving them their locations and identity information — was discovered some time ago.," 13 Sep. 2019 Netanyahu has been fierce in his lobbying of Trump, urging him pull out of the controversial 2015 nuclear pact with Iran and consistently pushing the United States for increasing economic sanctions against its regional archenemy. Washington Post, "Israel denies reports that it set up spying devices in Washington," 13 Sep. 2019 Many argue that these Kurdish alliances governing Rojava found their political inspiration in the PKK, deemed a terrorist organization by both Turkey and the U.S. and an archenemy of Ankara's regime. NBC News, "Trump's Syria pullout follows years of Kurdish struggle," 3 Nov. 2019 The man who styles himself as the heroic Jean-Luc Picard has built a business that better resembles Picard’s archenemy, the Borg, which informs its victims, You will be assimilated and Resistance is futile. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan," 10 Oct. 2019 Peter Parker uses his superhuman powers to battle his archenemy, the Green Goblin. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019," 22 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of archenemy

1550, in the meaning defined above

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“Archenemy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/archenemy. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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archenemy

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English Language Learners Definition of archenemy

: someone's main enemy

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