Archenemy

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Archenemy Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Archenemy \Arch`en"e*my\, n. [Pref. arch- + enemy.] A principal enemy. Specifically, Satan, the grand adversary of mankind. --Milton.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Archenemy'


An archenemy, archfoe, archvillain or archnemesis (sometimes spelled arch-enemy, arch-foe, arch-villain or arch-nemesis, originated around the mid-16th century) is the principal enemy of a character in a work of fiction, often described as the hero's worst enemy (compare nemesis).

The word archenemy or arch-enemy originated around the mid-16th century, from the words arch- (from Greek "arkhos" meaning "most important")

There are many reasons one particular antagonist would stand out from the rest of the hero's rogues gallery as the archenemy. Some of them include:

An accepted diagnostic criteria distinguishing an enemy from an archenemy is the Archenemy Triad in which three of the above criteria are met.

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  • Mao's archenemy Chiang Kai-shek part of mainstream
    BEIJING (AP) — Photos of Mao's archenemy Chiang Kai-shek adorn the walls of a Beijing restaurant, and his face looks up at diners from the menu. Online, the deposed Chinese leader's image is used to sell the kinds of lamps and swords he might have used. A liquor brand has patterned its bottle on Chiang's memorial in Taipei. Read more on this news related to 'Archenemy'
  • Mao's enemy Chiang Kai-shek enters mainstream Chinese culture as useful anti-Japanese patriot
    Photos of Mao's archenemy Chiang Kai-shek adorn the walls of a Beijing restaurant, and his face looks up at diners from the menu. Read more on this news related to 'Archenemy'
  • Mao’s archenemy Chiang Kai-shek now part of mainstream
    A special dish that deposed Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek used to eat is offered at Mr. Chiang’s Mainlander Restaurant in Beijing. Gen. Chiang Kai-shek had anti-communist views. Read more on this news related to 'Archenemy'

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