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.

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Also, Israel, which views Iran as its archenemy, is pressuring Trump to take a hardline approach to Tehran, which has threatened to wipe Israel off the map. Washington Post, "AP Analysis: Trump smiles with North Korea, threatens Iran," 2 July 2019 Also, Israel, which views Iran as its archenemy, is pressuring Trump to take a hard-line approach to Tehran, which has threatened to wipe Israel off the map. Matthew Lee,, "Trump smiles with North Korea, threatens Iran," 1 July 2019 Some of the plot will include her dealing with bullies, an archenemy, friends and family, with the latter based on personalities of some of his relatives. Jeremy Deputat, Pomerado News, "Festival to honor famous graffiti artist with local roots," 5 June 2019 Any reduction in Saudi exports would be welcomed by Iran, the kingdom’s archenemy, which would benefit from an increase in prices. Clifford Krauss, The Seattle Times, "Saudis issued warnings against U.S. sanctions. But how much leverage do they have?," 16 Oct. 2018 Israel's main concern is keeping archenemy Iran, an Assad ally, as far away from its border as possible — along with its proxy, the militia of Lebanon's Hezbollah. Fox News, "Israel says it 'most likely intercepted' second drone approaching its border from Syria," 13 July 2018 Eli Cohen managed to forge close contacts within the political and military hierarchy of Israel’s archenemy in the early 1960s, ultimately rising to become a top adviser to Syria’s defense minister. Washington Post, "Israel’s Mossad spy agency shrouded in mystery and mystique," 1 May 2018 With archenemy Pakistan lying between its borders and those of Afghanistan, India has no other way to directly move supplies to the country. Rajesh Roy, WSJ, "Iran, Russia Sanctions Vex U.S.-India Relations," 19 July 2018 Ahead of his departure, Netanyahu said Monday that archenemy Iran would top his agenda and voiced optimism for the visit. Washington Post, "Netanyahu heads to Europe with Iran 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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