\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


Many considered him a foe of democracy. Her ability was acknowledged by friend and foe alike.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The second incident came when journalists at the left-leaning Splinter news organization acquired and published the cell phone number of Stephen Miller, a senior White House advisor and gleeful foe of immigration. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "Immigration Fight Shows Silicon Valley Must Stop Feigning Neutrality," 8 July 2018 That included $910,000 to oppose state Rep. Scott Drury of Highwood, a foe of Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, as well as $685,068 to oppose former Gov. Pat Quinn’s attempt to return to statewide politics. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Morning Spin: Day after Supreme Court news, Emanuel jokes he'd 'like to pull out of this one nation and one state'," 29 June 2018 The two most prominent are publicly held, Alibaba’s biggest e-commerce competitor, and Meituan Dianping, the food-delivery foe of Alibaba’s recently acquired and a hot IPO prospect. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Alibaba v. Tencent: The Battle for Supremacy in China," 21 June 2018 One of Aklilu’s fiercest protectors is Richmond Mayor Tom Butt, who is known as a reliable foe of Poe, the landlord. Rachel Swan,, "Patrons grieve end of popular Richmond restaurant: ‘A dagger to community’s heart’," 16 June 2018 Landlords and their advocacy groups have been longtime foes of RecycLA, which was championed by Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City Council. David Zahniser,, "Two property owners sue over L.A.'s recycling program, saying it imposes an illegal tax," 15 June 2018 Not surprisingly, foes of the Rohingya jumped on the Amnesty report to discredit the argument that India ought to treat the refugees kindly. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Fear of Islam Leads India to Snub Refugees," 31 May 2018 Trump Foe The Democrat has also been a courtroom foe of President Donald Trump, earning national recognition for playing a central role in resisting the current administration’s policies. Kartikay Mehrotra,, "NY Attorney General Schneiderman Resigns," 8 May 2018 The president's action brought rare praise from Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, ordinarily a foe of the administration. Bloomberg News,, "Trump orders China tariffs of $50 billion or more; stock markets slide," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of foe


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

History and Etymology for foe


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

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English Language Learners Definition of foe

: an enemy


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Kids Definition of foe

: an enemy of a person or a country

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