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1    prenominal   chief; principal; leading  
his arch rival     
2    prenominal   very experienced; expert  
an arch criminal     
3    knowing or superior  
4    playfully or affectedly roguish or mischievous  
     (C16: independent use of arch-)  
  archly      adv  
  archness      n  
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[arch.] near in space, time or relation, almost (followed by: upon)
"nigh upon" is even stronger in keeping with an antiquated, even biblical style. "The end of the world is nigh upon us"
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