foe

Definitions

  • "We charged at the midst of the foe."
    "We charged at the midst of the foe."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n foe an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force) "a soldier must be prepared to kill his enemies"
    • n foe a personal enemy "they had been political foes for years"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Foe An enemy in war; a hostile army.
    • Foe One who entertains personal enmity, hatred, grudge, or malice, against another; an enemy. "A man's foes shall be they of his own household."
    • Foe One who opposes on principle; an opponent; an adversary; an ill-wisher; as, a foe to religion. "A foe to received doctrines."
    • v. t Foe To treat as an enemy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n foe An enemy; one who entertains hatred, grudge, or malice against another.
    • n foe An enemy in war; one of a nation or people at war with another, whether personally inimical or not; a hostile or opposing army; an adversary.
    • n foe An opponent; a malevolent or hostile agent or principle: as, a foe to all measures of reform; intemperance is a foe to thrift.
    • n foe One who or that which injures, harasses, or hinders anything: as, the climate is a foe to grape-culture.
    • n foe Synonyms Antagonist, Opponent, etc. See adversary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Foe an enemy: one who, or that which, injures or hinders anything: an ill-wisher
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Quotations

  • Edward Young
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    “The man that makes a character, makes foes.”
  • Bhagavad Gita
    Bhagavad Gita
    “A man's own self is his friend. A man's own self is his foe.”
  • Edward Dahlberg
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    “A strong foe is better than a weak friend.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
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    “Friends show me what I can do, foes teach me what I should do.”
  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
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    “He makes no friends who never made a foe.”
  • Dorothy Parker
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    “Scratch a lover, and find a foe.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. fo, fa, AS. fāh, hostile; prob. akin to E. fiend,. √81. See Fiend, and cf. Feud a quarrel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. foo—A.S. fáh, (adj.), allied to the compound n. gefá; cf. féogan, to hate.

Usage

In literature:

They are foes of the Apache and Navajo; their country lies down the Gila.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Since the death of James the Fifth the great foe of England in the north had been the Archbishop of St. Andrews, Cardinal Beaton.
"History of the English People" by John Richard Green
Our House's foe, and one of my few judges.
"The Works of Lord Byron" by Lord Byron
His wary foes, however, discovered his trail and followed.
"The Story of Nelson" by W.H.G. Kingston
Friend and foe hailed him as the "Old Man Eloquent," nor were any there anxious to be pitted against him.
"History of the United States, Volume 3 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Still the more thoughtful of the natives regarded him as a more formidable foe.
"Daniel Boone" by John S. C. Abbott
She can already serve those whom she and you once hated alike: and she is about to save her foe of foes.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
Who shall number the host of the foes against whom we must fight?
"Broken Bread from an Evangelist's Wallet" by Thomas Champness
The men were for sallying out against the foe, but Griffith Hawke would have none of it.
"The Cryptogram" by William Murray Graydon
But La Salle made it manifest that they were all on the alert, and the foe, if there were any foe approaching, drew off.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
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In poetry:

Now shall my head be lifted high
Above my foes around,
And songs of joy and victory
Within thy temple sound.
"Psalm 27 part 1" by Isaac Watts
He raised a ragged standard,
This lonely soul in war,
And called the foe to onset,
With shouts they heard afar.
"The Lost Battle" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
Away into that dark region,
From kindred, friend and foe,
To join the numberless legion
Of men who went before.
"Lines On The Death Of A Friend" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
And should God's care,
Which needs not man, by ty'd to those
Who heare not him, but quickly heare
His utter foes?
"The Method" by George Herbert
Hunted by the white invader,
Vanish ancient races all;
Yet no ruthless foe or trader
Silences the songster's call.
"Legend Of The Canadian Robin" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
He never robbed a needy man —
His records sure will show
How staunch and loyal to his mates,
How manly to the foe.
"Death of Ben Hall" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

Tucson News NowChavez foes hope for ' political prisoner ' amnesty.
Foes maintain city's plans will pollute local waters.
For a Senate Foe of Pork Barrel Spending, Two Bridges Too Far.
Blackwater's relief effort wins praise of project foe.
YARMOUTH—All season, the young, but promising Yarmouth girls' soccer team has made life miserable for more experienced foes.
Former GOP foe Mitt Romney is the rage in Sen John McCain's circles as the Republican moves to pick a running mate with good business and economic creds—and moderately youthful good looks.
From Iranian hackers suspected of damaging Saudi oil facility computers to a suspected Hezbollah drone shot down over Israel, the largely hidden war between Iran and its foes seems to be heating up.
Pugnacious Grayson seeks to bury little-known foe.
In the latest exchange between former friends and now foes, Adobe has taken out a new ad campaign to blast Apple for its closed approach regarding developer licensing and touting the openness of Adobe.
Drug Foe's Brother Is Killed in Quarrel With His Landlord.
Abortion foe makes quixotic bid for Congress.
Scientology foes continue rancor .
A bull elk shortly after defeating a foe near Wapiti Crossing along Hwy.
In introducing his choice for secretary of state, President-elect Barack Obama said, "Hillary's appointment is a sign to friend and foe of the seriousness of my commitment to renew American diplomacy and restore our alliances".
SOPA foe Rep Darrell Issa says he supports bill with tweaking to protect fair use.
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In science:

Thus, it is sufficient foe our purposes to keep A4 . A9 to A11 are merely total derivatives of lower dimensional operators.
Corrections to Scaling in Random Resistor Networks and Diluted Continuous Spin Models near the Percolation Threshold
The presence of a jammer (a foe interference source, transmitting high power noise aimed at “blinding” the radar system) results in a barrage of noise localized in angle and uniformly distributed over all Doppler frequencies (since the transmitted noise is white).
The Rank of the Covariance Matrix of an Evanescent Field
Hebert. A Conceptual Graph Model foe W3C Resource Description Framework.
Information Integration and Computational Logic
The energy and its components foe the states near the Fermi level are listed in Table 1.
Energy bandstructures of MgB2 and the related compounds
For example, a social network may consist of positive and negative links, respectively pointing to friends and foes [153], or trusted and distrusted peers [154].
Link Prediction in Complex Networks: A Survey
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