archvillain

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  • arch-villain

Etymology[edit]

arch- (chief, most extreme) +‎ villain

Noun[edit]

archvillain (plural archvillains)

  1. (chiefly narratology) A supreme villain; the most evil or powerful villain
    • 2009, January 6, “Clyde Haberman”, in We Know About the Mess. Please, Clean Up Carefully.[1]:
      Madoff is the season's archvillain, accused of having run a Ponzi scheme so vast that future generations may well describe similar swindles as Madoff schemes.

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