arch·​en·​e·​my (ˌ)ärch-ˈe-nə-mē How to pronounce archenemy (audio)
plural archenemies
: 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 There’s a new DMs section that looks like most other messaging and email apps and even resembles Slack’s archenemy, Microsoft Teams: all your conversations on the left and the active one on the right. David Pierce, The Verge, 9 Aug. 2023 Navalny and his supporters have repeatedly criticized his criminal convictions as politically motivated and described them as attempts by Russian President Vladimir Putin to silence his archenemy. Miles J. Herszenhorn, USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2023 Like many an archenemy of the bourgeoisie, Jünger came from a thoroughly bourgeois background. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 26 June 2023 Israel accuses its archenemy Iran of funding some of the militant groups involved in the fighting. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, 4 July 2023 Israel’s foreign minister, Eli Cohen, accused archenemy Iran of being behind the violence by funding Palestinian militant groups. Nasser Nasser and Josef Federman, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 July 2023 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. The Associated. Press, Arkansas Online, 31 Oct. 2021 Peter Parker is certainly no stranger to death, having lost his Uncle Ben in his first story and watched his girlfriend Gwen Stacy killed by his archenemy in one of the most iconically devastating moments in superhero history. Christian Holub,, 16 May 2023 At one point in the show, Mrs. Lovett meets Judge Turpin, the archenemy of Sweeney Todd. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1550, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of archenemy was in 1550

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“Archenemy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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arch·​en·​e·​my (ˈ)ärch-ˈen-ə-mē How to pronounce archenemy (audio)
: a principal enemy

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