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Synonyms for archfiend

a perversely bad, cruel, or wicked person

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Comus, the archfiend of Milton's A Mask Presented at Ludlow-Castle who anticipates Satan's character in Paradise Lost, provides us with an antithesis to such moderate, respectful living in nature.
If Jerome knew of this ascetic practice, he may have (perhaps correctly) associated it with the theory of logismoi of Evagrius Ponticus, very recently revealed to Jerome as the archfiend of Egyptian Origenism (see Clark, Origenist Controversy, 79-81,222-23).
As super ninja Ryu Hayabusa, you roam the world and hunt down the Demon Statue that was stolen by the Black Spider Ninja Clan to prevent the resurrection of the evil Archfiend.
The clause "if I be still the same" lies at the heart of the argument, and the archfiend speaks truer than he intends.
The Catholic church, through its Inquisition, is famous for cultivating Lucifer as the archfiend, but the church's enemies relied no less upon the Old Boy to keep the human mind enthralled.
In "The Crucible," however, the devil is not cast as either a seducer or archfiend, but as something more frightening -- a child's lie run amok.
So little of the evil we face each day is concentrated in an archfiend such as Hitler or solved by using force.
Films set in major American cities (but photographed in a look-alike Canadian metropolis) are either romantic comedies (Must Love Dogs), crime dramas (Four Brothers), or tales of superheroes (Barman Begins) saving New York's comic book clones--Gotham and Metropolis--from civilization-destroying archfiends.
Dungeons & Dragons, D&D, Harbinger, Dragoneye, Archfiends, Giants of Legend and Magic: The Gathering are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast in the U.