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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

Antonyms: Noun

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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: Noun After winning their first playoff series in more than 25 years, the Florida Panthers will face a familiar foe in the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Brett Shweky, Sun Sentinel, 16 May 2022 The 49ers knocked off the Rams twice in the regular season last year, only to see their season end against the divisional foe in the NFC championship game by three points. Parker Gabriel, USA TODAY, 13 May 2022 His three-run double widened Avon’s gap on the scoreboard Wednesday vs. Amherst, sending the Eagles on their way to one more win against a Southwestern Conference baseball foe. Matt Goul, cleveland, 11 May 2022 South will face off with an all to familiar foe in the 4A state title game in Bettye Davis East High Thunderbirds on Saturday night. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Mar. 2022 Tennessee is 4-3 in those games with wins over Belmont, Buffalo, Alabama and Mississippi State. Michigan: A familiar foe for Louisville fans, the Wolverines handled business against Villanova and will face a good South Dakota team on Saturday. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, 22 Mar. 2022 For much of the second half, as the Clippers drew down their deficit from 17 points to three, Doncic was hounded by Terance Mann, a familiar foe whose history knows no international borders. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2022 The quirky Medvedev gave the impression he will be intrigued to face a net-rushing foe in their showcourt duel. Bruce Matthews, ajc, 23 Jan. 2022 The Huskies will face a tough test against a familiar foe in the Final Four — defending champion Stanford. Lori Riley,, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Foe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of foe

: an enemy of a person or a country

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