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mortal enemy


an enemy who wants to kill you


person noun (people)


mortal enemies

Type of:

foe » rival » contestant » person

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Definition references


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)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

mortal | mortal enemy | mortal remains | strike/deal a mortal blow to something

human and not able to live for ever | serious enough to cause death ; likely to end with someone's death | used for emphasizing that a particular ... (26 of 103 words, 6 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)


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)



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)


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)


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)


Oxford Dictionary:

foe [literary, formal]

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



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

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American Heritage Dictionary:


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)



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)


New World Dictionary:

foe | FOE

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


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]

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