American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A personal enemy.
- n. An enemy in war.
- n. An adversary; an opponent: a foe of tax reform. See Synonyms at enemy.
- n. Something that opposes, injures, or impedes: taxes that were the foe of economic development.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An enemy; one who entertains hatred, grudge, or malice against another.
- n. An enemy in war; one of a nation or people at war with another, whether personally inimical or not; a hostile or opposing army; an adversary.
- n. An opponent; a malevolent or hostile agent or principle: as, a foe to all measures of reform; intemperance is a foe to thrift.
- n. One who or that which injures, harasses, or hinders anything: as, the climate is a foe to grape-culture.
- n. Synonyms Antagonist, Opponent, etc. See adversary.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who entertains personal enmity, hatred, grudge, or malice, against another; an enemy.
- n. An enemy in war; a hostile army.
- n. One who opposes on principle; an opponent; an adversary; an ill-wisher; as, a foe to religion.
- v. obsolete To treat as an enemy.
- n. an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force)
- n. a personal enemy
- Middle English fo 'foe; hostile', from earlier ifo 'foe', from Old English ġefāh 'enemy', from fāh 'hostile', from Proto-Germanic *faihaz (cf. Old Frisian fāch 'punishable', Middle High German gevēch 'feuder'), from Proto-Indo-European *peik/k̑- 'to hate, be hostile' (cf. Middle Irish oech 'enemy, fiend', Latin piget 'he is annoying', Lithuanian piktas ‘evil’, Albanian pis ‘dirty, scoundrel’). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English fo, from Old English gefā, from fāh, hostile. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I think I can appeal to friend and foe -- I use the term in a political sense, and I trust I use the word _foe_ in a past sense”
“The sword's main foe is a computer now, and the computer is up to to the task.”
“Your foe is an enemy that will crumble under the weight of the spoils it won yesterday.”
“When the foe is at Beth-aven, he is at Benjamin's rear, close upon thee, O Benjamin (Jud 5: 14).”
“Today, relations with the U.S. are strong, and the former foe is among Vietnam's biggest trading and investment partners.”
“This issue finds Cinderella disarming the assailant that slipped into her room brandishing a knife, and after an exchange of pleasantries, readers discover her would be foe is actually Aladdin of the magic lamp (and ring) fame.”
“Dr. James Dobson, a longtime McCain foe who runs Focus on the Family, is expected to give interviews on the choice later today.”
“The centre receives funds from companies involved in every aspect of the food business, from farm to fork, and Peta dismisses its long-term foe as a “front” for industry opponents.”
“Their main foe currently is 'The Troop', whose logo is the Mandrill on the cover.”
“The Infidels heard it and cried out one to other and donned their armour and said, “The foe is upon us, by the truth of the Messiah!””
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