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foe

[foh] /foʊ/
noun
1.
a person who feels enmity, hatred, or malice toward another; enemy:
a bitter foe.
2.
a military enemy; hostile army.
3.
a person belonging to a hostile army or nation.
4.
an opponent in a game or contest; adversary:
a political foe.
5.
a person who is opposed in feeling, principle, etc., to something:
a foe to progress in civil rights.
6.
a thing that is harmful to or destructive of something:
Sloth is the foe of health.
Origin of foe
900
before 900; Middle English foo, Old English fāh hostile, gefāh enemy; cognate with Old High German gifēh at war. See feud1
Synonyms
1. See enemy. 1, 3–5. opponent, antagonist.
Antonyms
1–3. friend.

F.O.E.

1.
Fraternal Order of Eagles.
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  • It contrasts "foe and friend," just as the sonnet contrasts "love and hate."

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • We are natural enemies; and when your foe is disabled, then is the time to strike.

  • By this time, the first of August, we knew more about the foe we were to meet.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • They lie at the mercy of every foe, of every passion, of every change.

  • Ignorant of the law—the law only seemed to him, as it ever does to the ignorant and the friendless—a foe.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for foe

foe

/fəʊ/
noun
1.
(formal or literary) another word for enemy
Word Origin
Old English fāh hostile; related to Old High German fēhan to hate, Old Norse feikn dreadful; see feud1

FoE

abbreviation
1.
Friends of the Earth
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Word Origin and History for foe
n.

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.

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