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: one who has personal enmity for another
Embrace, embrace, my Sons! be foes no more!Alexander Pope
: an enemy in war
: adversary, opponent
a political foe
: one who opposes on principle
a foe of needless expenditures
a foe of censorship
: something prejudicial or injurious


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Examples of foe in a Sentence

Noun Many considered him a foe of democracy. Her ability was acknowledged by friend and foe alike.
Recent Examples on the Web
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Word History



Middle English fo, from Old English fāh, from fāh, adjective, hostile; akin to Old High German gifēh hostile

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of foe was before the 12th century

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“Foe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: one who hates another
: an enemy in war

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