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foe (rival)

Definition:

a personal enemy

Class:

person noun (people)

Plural:

foes

Type of:

rival » contestant » person » organism

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

mortal enemy

Usage example:

they had been political foes for years

Synonyms:

enemy

Etymology:

Old English gefa "foe, enemy, adversary in a blood feud" (the prefix denotes...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of foe...

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Enemy | foe | enmity | foehood | foeship

a relativist term for an entity, whether an individual or a group, that is seen as forcefully adverse or threatening. The concept of an enemy has been observed to be "basic for both individuals and communities". The term "enemy" serves the social... (42 of 1663 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Enemy

Foe (disambiguation)

another word for an enemy. It may also refer to: Foe (unit), a unit of energy used in astrophysics | Foe (novel), a 1986 novel written by J. M. Coetzee | Foe EP, a 2003 EP by the German band Blackmail | Marc-Vivien FoĆ© (1975-2003), deceased... (43 of 140 words, 8 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Foe (disambiguation)

Collins Dictionary:

foe | FoE | FOE | enemy [sense-specific]

[formal, literary] another word for "enemy" | Friends of the Earth (10 of 481 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/foe

Merriam-Webster:

foe | foeman [sense-specific] | adversary [synonym, sense-specific] | opponent [synonym, sense-specific] | antagonist [synonym, sense-specific] | enemy [synonym, sense-specific] | hostile [synonym, sense-specific] | amigo [antonym, sense-specific] | friend [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

one who has personal enmity for another | an enemy in war ; "adversary", "opponent" | one who opposes on principle | something prejudicial or ... (22 of 158 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/foe

Cambridge Dictionary:

enemy | the enemy of something | enemy of something | adversary [formal] | foe [literary]

a person who hates or opposes another person and tries to harm them or stop them from doing something | a country, or the armed forces of a country ... (28 of 90 words, 3 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/enemy

Random House Dictionary:

foe | F.O.E. | F.O.E.: Fraternal Order of Eagles [sense-specific]

a person who feels enmity, hatred, or malice toward another; enemy. | a military enemy; hostile army. | a person belonging to a hostile army or ... (24 of 89 words, 7 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/foe

Oxford Dictionary:

foe [literary, formal]

an enemy or opponent (4 of 56 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/foe

foe

Syllabification: (foe) | an enemy or opponent (6 of 49 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/foe

American Heritage Dictionary:

foe

A personal enemy. | An enemy in war. | An adversary; an opponent | Something that opposes, injures, or impedes (17 of 48 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/foe

Wiktionary:

foe | foes [plural] | adversary [synonym, sense-specific] | enemy [synonym, sense-specific] | opponent [synonym, sense-specific] | ally [antonym, sense-specific] | friend [antonym, sense-specific] | Hostile [synonym, sense-specific]

[obsolete] Hostile. | An enemy. | A unit of energy equal to 1044 joules. (12 of 34 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/foe

New World Dictionary:

foe | FOE

"enemy" (in all senses) | Fraternal Order of Eagles (8 of 33 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/foe

Macmillan British Dictionary:

foe [countable, literary] | foes [plural]

an enemy (2 of 28 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/foe

Britannica Encyclopedia:

competition [biotic interaction]

in ecology, utilization of the same resources by organisms of the same or of different species living together in a community, when the resources are ... (25 of 168 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/129779​/competition

Columbia Encyclopedia:

competition

in economics, rivalry in supplying or acquiring an economic service or good. Sellers compete with other sellers, and buyers with other buyers. In its ... (24 of 532 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/bus​/A​0813096​.html

competition

in biology, relationship between members of the same or different species in which individuals are adversely affected by those having the same living ... (23 of 108 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0813095​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

foe [formal] | foes [plural]

an enemy or opponent of somebody or something (8 of 27 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861612625​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

foe

Origin: Old English gefa "foe, enemy, adversary in a blood feud" (the prefix denotes "mutuality"), from fah "at feud, hostile", from ... (20 of 65 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=foe

Wiktionary:

foe | foes [plural]

Origin: Middle English fo 'foe; hostile', from earlier ifo 'foe', from Old English ġefāh 'enemy', from fāh ... | An acronym of fifty-one ergs (22 of 60 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/foe

Merriam-Webster:

foe

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English fo, from Old English fāh, from fāh, adjective, hostile; akin to Old High German gifēh hostile

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/foe

New World Dictionary:

foe

Origin: Middle English fo, ifo from Old English fah, hostile, gefah, enemy, akin to Old High German gefēh, at feud, hostile

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/foe

Collins Dictionary:

foe | FoE | FOE

Origin: Old English fāh hostile; related to Old High German fēhan to hate, Old Norse feikn dreadful; see feud1

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/foe

Oxford Dictionary:

foe [literary, formal]

Origin: Old English fāh "hostile" and gefā "enemy", of West Germanic origin; related to "feud"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/foe

foe

Origin: Old English fāh "hostile" and gefā "enemy"; related to "feud"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/foe

American Heritage Dictionary:

foe

Origin: Middle English fo, from Old English gefā, from fāh, hostile.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/foe

Encarta Dictionary:

foe [formal] | foes [plural]

Origin: Old English gefā from Indo-European, "hostile"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861612625​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

foe | foes [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "foe"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/foe

Collins Dictionary:

foe | FoE | FOE

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "foe"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/foe

Cambridge Dictionary:

foe [entry 1, literary]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "foe"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "foe"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/foe 1

Macmillan British Dictionary:

foe [countable, literary] | foes [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "foe"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/foe

Macmillan American Dictionary:

foe [countable, literary] | foes [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "foe"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/foe

the Free Dictionary:

foe

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "foe"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "foe"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "foe" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/foe

Google Dictionary:

foe | foes [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "foe"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

YourDictionary Audio:

foe

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "foe" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/foe

freedictionary.org:

foe

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "foe" by speech synthesizer

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=foe

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