- a person who feels enmity, hatred, or malice toward another; enemy: a bitter foe.
- a military enemy; hostile army.
- a person belonging to a hostile army or nation.
- an opponent in a game or contest; adversary: a political foe.
- a person who is opposed in feeling, principle, etc., to something: a foe to progress in civil rights.
- a thing that is harmful to or destructive of something: Sloth is the foe of health.
Origin of foe
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Examples from the Web for foe
In geopolitics, the doctrine of mutually assured destruction prevents the use of weapons of mass destruction against a foe.The App Bringing Out The Best/Worst in Washington’s Gays
May 31, 2014
In a GOP runoff today, candidate T.J. Fabby has attacked his foe for accepting Muslim money.How I Made Sure a Texas Tea Party Candidate Accepted ‘Dirty’ Muslim Money
May 27, 2014
To a progressive, he is both friend and foe; both visionary and reactionary.Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Israel’s Pragmatic Kingmaker
October 8, 2013
Which is how he and Johns made a living in their early days – as his foe Hilton Kramer liked to point out.Magpie Loose in a Car Dealership
July 17, 2013
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a foe of the industry, has been seated on the Senate banking committee.Pity the Poor Bankers
January 17, 2013
It contrasts "foe and friend," just as the sonnet contrasts "love and hate."The Man Shakespeare
We are natural enemies; and when your foe is disabled, then is the time to strike.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
By this time, the first of August, we knew more about the foe we were to meet.In the Valley
They lie at the mercy of every foe, of every passion, of every change.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
You were friendless, and the man who has all earth for a foe befriends you.Night and Morning, Complete
- formal, or literary another word for enemy
- Friends of the Earth
Word Origin and History for foe
Old English gefa "foe, enemy, adversary in a blood feud" (the prefix denotes "mutuality"), from fah "at feud, hostile," from Proto-Germanic *fakhaz (cf. Old High German fehan "to hate," Gothic faih "deception"), probably from PIE root *peig- "evil-minded, treacherous, hostile" (cf. Sanskrit pisunah "malicious," picacah "demon;" Greek pikros "bitter;" Lithuanian piktas "wicked, angry," pekti "to blame"). Weaker sense of "adversary" is first recorded c.1600.