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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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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  • This is how Microsoft is trolling Google in new Nokia Lumia phones
    The Microsoft-Google enmity is one of the very interesting rivalries in the tech world, and the Windows maker has just taken another hit at its archenemy. The Verge has learned that Microsoft has purposely removed the option for Nokia Lumia owners to select Google Search as their default smartphone engine on newly launched devices, including the Lumia 630 and Lumi Read more on this news related to 'Archenemy'
  • This Killer Fungus Could Force the Whole World to Go Gluten-Free
    For bread fans everywhere—and millions of the world's most impoverished people—the debate over genetically modified crops just got trickier. A killer fungus that attacks wheat crops could wipe out flour supplies as we know them. Wheat has an archenemy by the name of wheat stem rust (originally named Ug99) that, like any true villain, knows how to avoid get Read more on this news related to 'Archenemy'
  • US Senate cmte. OKs Vietnam N-pact
    The US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee has approved a nuclear cooperation pact between the United States and Vietnam, as Washington aims to expand ties with its former archenemy in Southeast Asia. Read more on this news related to 'Archenemy'

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