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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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., "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 Akesson said that the bigger neighbor across the Baltic is, and always has been, Sweden’s archenemy. Amanda Billner,, "Populist Power-Broker in Sweden Has No Use for Bannon or Russia," 15 Apr. 2018 Spanish chronicles describe Tenochtitlan's sacrificial victims as captives brought back from wars, such as those fought with their archenemy, the nearby republic of Tlaxcala. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Feeding the gods: Hundreds of skulls reveal massive scale of human sacrifice in Aztec capital," 21 June 2018 Addressing his Cabinet on Sunday, Netanyahu said archenemy Iran would top his agenda and voiced optimism for the visit. NBC News, "Israel's Netanyahu heads to Europe with Iran nuclear deal on his mind," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of archenemy

1550, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of archenemy

: someone's main enemy

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obstinately defiant of authority

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