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An archenemy, archfoe, archvillain, or nemesis (sometimes spelled arch-enemy, arch-foe, or arch-villain) is the principal enemy of someone or something.[1][2][3] In fiction, it is a character who is the hero/protagonist's worst enemy.


The word 'archenemy' or arch-enemy originated around the mid-16th century, from the words arch- (from Greek "arkhos" meaning "most important")[3] and enemy.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "archenemy definition". Archived from the original on 5 October 2008. Retrieved 7 September 2008. 
  2. "archenemy – Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 26 June 2008. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wicaksono, Rachel. "BBC World Service | Learning English | Ask about English". BBC. Retrieved 26 June 2008.