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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ C., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is an implacable foe of the treaty.
▪ It was Sutton's chance for revenge on his old foe Kelvin Mackenzie.
▪ It replaced all those stale, old foes of the past.
▪ Mr Lagos, his old foe, has called for the judicial system here to take Gen Pinochet to account.
▪ But President Clinton and his political foes are not far apart in their critical attitude toward the international body.
▪ But de-emphasizing the ban would enrage their natural allies among abortion foes.
▪ Tony P.. Hall, D-Ohio, normally an abortion foe.
▪ Henry Hyde, a longtime abortion foe, who urged her to stay in the Dole camp.
mortal enemy/foe
▪ I remembered doing this sort of stuff in sixth grade with my mortal enemy, Tommy Jancko.
▪ It was also the mortal enemy of horses and would rip them apart in seconds with its mighty talons.
▪ Well, it might be a big one with a misleading number-plate which simply doesn't stop that gets your mortal enemy.
▪ As we approached the camp a guard called out: ""Who goes there -- friend or foe?''
▪ Mitterand drew France closer to the European union and to Germany, its former foe.
▪ But the political field is inscribed with the logic of friend and foe.
▪ His foes immediately expressed fear he will launch new attacks on them.
▪ Incorporation foes who argue Tucson will be ringed by suburbs ought to realize it already is.
▪ It may also give different impressions to friend and to foe.
▪ Oxygen became friend rather than foe and most organisms began to use it to fuel their lives.
▪ They can still run foes crazy with that setup, but now they can also go to Tall Ball.
▪ This third criterion is related to whether you feel this new person is friend or foe.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Foe \Foe\, v. t. To treat as an enemy. [Obs.]


Foe \Foe\ (f[=o]), n. [OE. fo, fa, AS. f[=a]h hostile; prob. akin to E. fiend. [root]8

  1. See Fiend, and cf. Feud a quarrel.] 1. One who entertains personal enmity, hatred, grudge, or malice, against another; an enemy.

    A man's foes shall be they of his own household.
    --Matt. x. 36

  2. An enemy in war; a hostile army.

  3. One who opposes on principle; an opponent; an adversary; an ill-wisher; as, a foe to religion.

    A foe to received doctrines.
    --I. Watts

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English gefea, gefa "foe, enemy, adversary in a blood feud" (the prefix denotes "mutuality"), from adjective fah "at feud, hostile," also "guilty, criminal," from Proto-Germanic *faihaz (cognates: Old High German fehan "to hate," Gothic faih "deception"), probably from PIE root *peig- (2) "evil-minded, treacherous, hostile" (cognates: Sanskrit pisunah "malicious," picacah "demon;" Greek pikros "bitter;" Latin piget "it irks, troubles, displeases," piger "reluctant, lazy;" Lithuanian piktas "wicked, angry," pekti "to blame"). Weaker sense of "adversary" is first recorded c.1600.\n


Etymology 1 a. (context obsolete English) hostile. n. An enemy. Etymology 2

n. A unit of energy equal to 1044 joules.

  1. n. an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force); "a soldier must be prepared to kill his enemies" [syn: enemy, foeman, opposition]

  2. a personal enemy; "they had been political foes for years" [syn: enemy] [ant: ally]

Foe (disambiguation)

" Foe" is another word for an enemy.

Foe or FOE may also refer to:

Foe (EP)

Foe is an EP by blackmail. The track "Foe" was featured in the Japan release of their album Friend or Foe?. Andy Gill produced this album together with the band in London.

Foe (unit)

A foe is a unit of energy equal to 10 joules or 10 ergs, used to express the large amount of energy released by a supernova. A bethe (B) is equivalent to a foe.

The word is an acronym derived from the phrase [ten to the power of] fifty-one ergs. It was coined by Gerald Brown of Stony Brook University in his work with Hans Bethe, because "it came up often enough in our work". The bethe is named after Hans Bethe. It was coined by Stephen Weinberg.

This unit of measure is convenient because a supernova typically releases about one foe of observable energy in a very short period (which can be measured in seconds). In comparison, if the Sun had its current luminosity throughout its entire lifetime, it would release 3.827 W × 3.1536 s/ yr × 10 yr ≈ 1.2 foe.

A foe is approximately 186.3 times the rest mass energy of the Earth.

Foe (novel)

Foe is a 1986 novel by South African-born Nobel laureate J. M. Coetzee. Woven around the existing plot of Robinson Crusoe, Foe is written from the perspective of Susan Barton, a castaway who landed on the same island inhabited by "Cruso" and Friday as their adventures were already underway. Like Robinson Crusoe, it is a frame story, unfolded as Barton's narrative while in England attempting to convince the writer Daniel Foe to help transform her tale into popular fiction. Focused primarily on themes of language and power, the novel was the subject of criticism in South Africa, where it was regarded as politically irrelevant on its release. Coetzee revisited the composition of Robinson Crusoe in 2003 in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech.

Usage examples of "foe".

I will not wear thy soul with words about my grief and sorrow: but it is to be told that I sat now in a perilous place, and yet I might not step down from it and abide in that land, for then it was a sure thing, that some of my foes would have laid hand on me and brought me to judgment for being but myself, and I should have ended miserably.

Why were the men in quarter column when advancing against an unseen foe?

On the 28th Clements was still advancing, and contracting still further the space which was occupied by our stubborn foe.

This lowly Thought, which once would talk with me Of a bright seraph sitting crowned on high, Found such a cruel foe it died, and so My Spirit wept, the grief is hot even now-- And said, Alas for me!

I cannot see why they should shut their gates in our faces, a little band, when there is no foe anear them.

The turning point to Civilization was marked by Napoleon, the herald of absolute war and politics, but this tradition continued so strong that in the French War against Prussia, 1870-1871, victorious Prussia still did not think of annihilating the totally defeated foe, nor of subjecting it to an endless military occupation, but contented itself with reincorporating two provinces and imposing an indemnity which was paid off in a few years.

Meliboeus of might, of power, of riches, and of friends, despising the power of his adversaries: and said utterly, that he anon should wreak him on his foes, and begin war.

The men occupying the outer lines stood with their large shields locked together so closely that they made a strong rampart or shield fortress, behind which the archers and spearmen might remain in safety while assailing their advancing foes.

Suspecting a concerted movement among the hostages, by which they would cooperate with the assailing foe without, the officer in command of the fort gave orders to secure them with irons.

I tell you the truth, no foe confronting the spectacle of Llenlleawg gripped in the awen of battle remained unpersuaded for long.

Skirting around the lightning net to reach his foe, Kamahl found Talon at the ready, axes swinging in their hypnotic pattern from arm to arm.

Noiselessly she conducted them into the great hall, bade them resume possession of their arms, and gave each a golden ring, of dwarf manufacture, to enable them to see their tiny foes, who were else invisible to all of mortal birth.

He told me the story with tears, and begged me to take vengeance on his foes.

He attacked the Isaurians in their mountains, besieged and took several of their strongest castles, and flattered himself that he had forever suppressed a domestic foe, whose independence so deeply wounded the majesty of the empire.

He sent Bosco at Cripp, who might have used his revolver to finish Harry, before turning to fight off another foe.