arch-, archi-, -arch

(Greek > Latin: chief, principal leader, first [in position or rank])

I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?
—Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)
In an architectural manner; as regards architecture.
1. The art or science of building or constructing edifices of any kind for human use. Regarded in this wide application, architecture is divided into civil, ecclesiastical, naval, military, which deal respectively with houses and other buildings (such as bridges) of ordinary utility, churches, ships, fortification; but, architecture is sometimes regarded solely as a fine art.
2. The action or process of building.
3. The special method or “style” in accordance with which the details of the structure and ornamentation of a building are arranged.
4. The conceptual structure and overall logical organization of a computer or computer-based system from the point of view of its use or design; a particular realization of this.
The president or “ruler” of a feast. Taken in mediaeval legend as the proper name of a rich lord.
A chief or first pastor (of souls).
A chief pirate; a pirate captain.
Chief prelate; archbishop.
Chief rebel, leader of a rebellion.
Someone’s main, chief, or most dangerous rival.
A first or chief thief; a chief of thieves or (formerly) robbers.
archtraitor (s) (noun), archtraitors (pl)
Primary traitor, or traitors; specifically, Satan and Judas Iscariot: In some religious faiths, Satan and Judas Iscariot are considered archtraitors based on the stories of their betrayals of others.
archvillain, archvillainy
Chief villain, begetter, or ringleader of villainy.

Cross references of word families related directly, or indirectly, to: "master, lead, leading, ruler, ruling, govern": -agogic; agon-; -crat; dom-; gov-; magist-; poten-; regi-; tyran-.