foe

noun
\ ˈfō \

Definition of foe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one who has personal enmity for another Embrace, embrace, my Sons! be foes no more!— Alexander Pope
2a : an enemy in war
b : adversary, opponent a political foe
3 : one who opposes on principle a foe of needless expenditures a foe of censorship
4 : something prejudicial or injurious

Definition of FOE (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for foe

Synonyms: Noun

adversary, antagonist, enemy, hostile, opponent

Antonyms: Noun

amigo, friend

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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.

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Isn’t Backing Down by Amy Chozick Behind the scenes with one of President Trump’s more formidable foes and her lawyer Michael Avenatti. Vogue, "Our Favorite Longreads From 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Other less frantic speculation postulated that it could be used to examine other sats in orbit, either Russia’s or those operated by geopolitical foes. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Space Junk Could Provide a Perfect Hiding Spot for Tiny Spy Satellites," 30 Nov. 2018 But are the indigenous people in America friends of Jamie and Claire's or foes? Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Sam Heughan just surprised fans with a sneak peek of what's next for Jamie and Claire.," 30 July 2018 In seven postseason games, the Mustangs have outscored foes 96-8. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Highlands baseball prepares for McCracken County in KHSAA State Baseball Tournament," 14 June 2018 Venom was a solution to a very common superhero conundrum Given Venom’s current status as one of Spider-Man’s most iconic foes, the character’s origin story is, fittingly, a hilarious combination of chance and pragmatism. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Venom, Spider-Man’s symbiote supervillain, explained," 3 Oct. 2018 Turbulence is aviation's perennial foe, no matter the aircraft. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "The 'Flex-Plane' Drone Flaps Its Wings Like a Pterodactyl," 28 Nov. 2018 To face down this formidable foe, Lenovo has stretched its new, top-of-the-line ThinkPad X1 Extreme to accommodate a 15-inch display (14 inches had been the maximum before). Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Why did Lenovo stretch the ThinkPad X1 Extreme to 15 inches? To kill the MacBook Pro," 30 Aug. 2018 Duplass’s unforgettable performance, combined with his complicated relationship with Sara, a worthy foe, reminds me a lot of the Hannibal Lecter-Clarice Starling classic. Dylan Scott, Vox, "13 found-footage horror movies actually worth watching this Halloween," 19 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of foe

Noun

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

History and Etymology for foe

Noun

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

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foe

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English Language Learners Definition of foe

: an enemy

foe

noun
\ ˈfō \

Kids Definition of foe

: an enemy of a person or a country

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