foe






noun

  1. a person who feels enmity, hatred, or malice toward another; enemy: a bitter foe.
  2. a military enemy; hostile army.
  3. a person belonging to a hostile army or nation.
  4. an opponent in a game or contest; adversary: a political foe.
  5. a person who is opposed in feeling, principle, etc., to something: a foe to progress in civil rights.
  6. a thing that is harmful to or destructive of something: Sloth is the foe of health.

  1. Fraternal Order of Eagles.

noun

  1. formal, or literary another word for enemy

abbreviation for

  1. Friends of the Earth
n.

Old English gefa “foe, enemy, adversary in a blood feud” (the prefix denotes “mutuality”), from fah “at feud, hostile,” from Proto-Germanic *fakhaz (cf. Old High German fehan “to hate,” Gothic faih “deception”), probably from PIE root *peig- “evil-minded, treacherous, hostile” (cf. Sanskrit pisunah “malicious,” picacah “demon;” Greek pikros “bitter;” Lithuanian piktas “wicked, angry,” pekti “to blame”). Weaker sense of “adversary” is first recorded c.1600.

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