Main definitions of foe in English

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literary, formal
  • An enemy or opponent.

    ‘his work was praised by friends and foes alike’
    • ‘Not to detract from the Zelda experience were the enemies and foes along the way.’
    • ‘The faith itself has prospered beyond measure, beyond the imagination of friends and foes.’
    • ‘We must present our case in such a way that we make our foes our friends and not make friends our foes.’
    • ‘Having rejoined the world, the Russians are making good use of former friends and foes.’
    • ‘Joined by a common foe, Van Helsing and Anna set out to destroy Dracula along with his empire of fear.’
    • ‘The incident only shows that the Americans find nothing wrong in spying on both friends and foes.’
    • ‘He has been warned by friends as well as foes against overstaying, at the mercy of events beyond his control.’
    • ‘Their unprecedented public embrace confirmed the government was closing ranks against a common foe.’
    • ‘We often construe inter-state relations in terms of the metaphor of friends and foes, but misleadingly.’
    • ‘However, as friends and foes alike have pointed out, Charles cannot claim to be an expert in all of his areas of interest.’
    • ‘Each nation is a potential target whether or not they work together to defeat their common foe.’
    • ‘A misunderstanding turns the friends to bitter foes and a dangerous game of death begins.’
    • ‘The next few months will find us regaled by friends and foes at work and play, in print and on screen.’
    • ‘He populates his play with friends, foes, characters and incidents from Maclean's life and times.’
    • ‘The AI levels are high, even on the easier settings, and the enemies make for tenacious foes.’
    • ‘Now, this seems to me would be the natural way of talking for both foes and friends.’
    • ‘Friends and foes alike live in awe of his intellect and in fear of his directness.’
    • ‘The struggle between friends and foes of liberty has in many ways been going on for thousands of years.’
    • ‘It was notable the number of old friends and foes who attended her removal and funeral mass in Swinford.’
    • ‘This year there is a freshness about the game with rejuvenated forces challenging old foes.’
    enemy, adversary, opponent, rival, nemesis, antagonist, combatant, challenger, competitor, opposer, hostile party
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Old English fāh ‘hostile’ and gefā ‘enemy’, of West Germanic origin; related to feud.




Main definitions of foe in English

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  • Friends of the Earth.