archvillain

noun arch·vil·lain \ (ˌ)ärch-ˈvi-lən \

Definition of archvillain

plural archvillains
: a principal or extreme villain
  • Mr. Bernstein is very much in labor's corner as he recounts his story, and he portrays Mr. Lorenzo as an archvillain, heaping blame on him at every turn.
  • —William StocktonNew York Times Book Review26 Aug. 1990
  • Literary archvillains include Sherlock Holmes' archfoe Professor James Moriarty and Captain Ahab's murderous Moby Dick.
  • —Sol SteinmetzSemantic Antics2008

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