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 On Sunday, Jess Errico watched her North Carolina Tar Heels snuff out the Cinderella run of the No. 15 seed Saint Peter’s Peacocks to set up a semifinal matchup with their archenemy — the Duke Blue Devils. Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2022 Neiman Marcus, Saks’ archenemy, was even rumored to be evaluating a 3-way split involving its Neiman Marcus stores, Bergdorf Goodman division and online operations. Steve Dennis, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 In the defense of Cartagena, Britain’s archenemy was the astonishing Don Blas de Lezo. Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2021 But the country’s steps away from its obligations under the accord have alarmed its archenemy Israel and world powers. Josef Federman, ajc, 20 Feb. 2022 Even as big an artist as Swift wouldn’t have been able to make that ask without her future archenemy, the Big Machine label, backing her at the time. Chris Willman, Variety, 27 Jan. 2022 Nuclear weapons would support such a policy objective, particularly given that its archenemy in the region, Israel, has nuclear weapons. CBS News, 5 Jan. 2022 The country, which considers Iran its archenemy, is lobbying the United States to abandon discussions. Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2021 Dustin Poirier is a curious choice to be the archenemy of a charismatic international superstar. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, 12 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of archenemy

1550, in the meaning defined above

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“Archenemy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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