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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

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.

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Three years after the oil dilemma, the company unveiled Joe’s new foe: The Intruders: Strong Men from Another World. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Yo, Joe: How a 12-Inch Soldier Doll Became a Toy Legend," 9 Apr. 2019 Ganim’s primary foe spent $26 million running for the U.S. Senate in 2006 and governor in 2010. Neil Vigdor,, "Ned Lamont Ally Jonathan Harris Pores Over Joe Ganim's Primary Petitions," 28 June 2018 After a couple years of taking second, the Arrowhead girls broke through for a title in the 4x400, with Sarah Edwards, Anna Schueth, Abigail Bartelson and Kayla Vogt running 3:55.42 to edge Classic 8 foe Waukesha West. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here are the teams and athletes from Milwaukee area who won state titles in 2017-18," 20 June 2018 Imagine how this is all going to go at the family dinner table tonight when someone is just trying to pass the salt and talk about the stock market among spouses and cutthroat political foes. Vogue, "Family Dinner at the Conway Household Tonight Is Going to Be Awkward," 20 Mar. 2019 The uncertainty about where the aircraft carriers would pop up would have sown doubt in the foe's mind that a surprise nuclear attack against the U.S. was feasible. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Could Have Had a Submarine Aircraft Carrier," 21 Nov. 2018 Middle Tennessee has won at least six games in six consecutive seasons, but Kentucky should still boast significant advantages in depth and talent against the Conference USA foe. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "How Kentucky football can win (or lose) against Middle Tennessee State," 12 July 2018 Read More Donna Shalala's foes finally got to debate her. David Smiley, miamiherald, "Bruising Democratic primary looms in race to replace Ros-Lehtinen | Miami Herald," 22 May 2018 The anticorruption campaigner who has become Putin’s most prominent and determined foe has served several weeks-long jail terms for organizing protests., "Russian protest leader Navalny out of jail, faces 2 charges," 6 May 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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The first known use of foe was before the 12th century

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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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