archenemy

noun
arch·​en·​e·​my | \(ˌ)ärch-ˈe-nə-mē \
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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Pakistan’s powerful military has long seen the Taliban as a proxy for its interests in Afghanistan, particularly to deter the influence of its archenemy India, experts say. Saeed Shah, WSJ, "U.S. Envoy Meets Taliban In Push for Afghan Peace Talks," 12 Oct. 2018 And soon after that, Kim was in Singapore with the president of archenemy the United States, Donald Trump. Fox News, "AP Analysis: In North and South Korea, 2 views of summit," 19 Sep. 2018 In May, Netanyahu announced that the Mossad spy agency had stolen tens of thousands of sensitive nuclear documents from archenemy Iran. Washington Post, "Israeli PM’s wife charged with fraud, breach of trust," 22 June 2018 Meeting with the president of the United States, his country’s archenemy, is also a different ballgame for Kim. Washington Post, "Takeaways from Koreas summit: Kim’s smiles, Moon’s reception," 28 Apr. 2018 In May, Netanyahu announced that the Mossad spy agency had stolen tens of thousands of sensitive nuclear documents from archenemy Iran. Washington Post, "Israeli PM’s wife charged with fraud, breach of trust," 22 June 2018 In May, Netanyahu announced that the Mossad spy agency had stolen tens of thousands of sensitive nuclear documents from archenemy Iran. BostonGlobe.com, "Wife of Benjamin Netanyahu charged with fraud, breach of trust," 21 June 2018 Israelis are fretting over the possibility of war with archenemy Iran, which has a military presence in neighboring Syria. Fox News, "Correction: Israel at 70 story," 20 Apr. 2018 In the third installment, Hotel Transylvania 3: Family Vacation, a trip on the luxury Monster Cruise Ship goes awry when Dracula starts to fall for the ship’s captain — who turns out to be the great-granddaughter of his ancient archenemy. Michael Waters, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Hotel Transylvania 3': Meet the Voices Behind Each Animated Character," 13 July 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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