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

before 900; Middle English foo, Old English fāh hostile, gefāh enemy; cognate with Old High German gifēh at war. See feud1

1. See enemy. 1, 3–5. opponent, antagonist.

1–3. friend. Unabridged


Fraternal Order of Eagles. Unabridged
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foe (fəʊ)
formal, literary or another word for enemy
[Old English fāh hostile; related to Old High German fēhan to hate, Old Norse feikn dreadful; see feud1]

FoE or FOE
abbreviation for
Friends of the Earth
abbreviation for

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Word Origin & History

O.E. gefa "adversary in deadly feud," from fah "at feud, hostile," from P.Gmc. *fakhaz (cf. O.H.G. fehan "to hate," Goth. faih "deception"), probably from PIE base *peik- "evil-minded, treacherous, hostile" (cf. Skt. pisunah "malicious," picacah "demon;" Gk. pikros "bitter;" Lith. piktas "wicked, angry,"
pekti "to blame"). Weaker sense of "adversary" is first recorded c.1600.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. Fraternal Order of Eagles

  2. Friends of the Earth

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Example sentences
Unfortunately for many people, the immune system has difficulty telling friend
  from foe when confronted with cancer.
There are still a couple countries which still harbor the cold war mentality
  that you either are friend or foe.
During a fight, for example, false bravado may make a foe back down.
Pervasive, elusive and tough, cancer has proved to be a formidable foe against
  generations of bright and well-funded researchers.
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