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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