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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.
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  • Still he gained on his foes and won through to the lines of France.

    The Firefly Of France Marion Polk Angellotti
  • They hoped to reach the woods before their foes sighted them.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • But he loved this game too, though there was a troop of foes behind him; and as long as they rode behind him he would ride on.

  • He will also, when hard-pressed, take the most desperate leaps to avoid his foes.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • Already the five Nez Percs, fearful of their foes, had dropped off to seek their friends the Flatheads.

    The Conquest Eva Emery Dye
British Dictionary definitions for foes

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 foes

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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