foe

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Middle English fo ‎(foe; hostile), from earlier ifo ‎(foe), from Old English ġefāh ‎(enemy), from fāh ‎(hostile), from Proto-Germanic *faihaz (compare Old Frisian fāch ‎(punishable), Middle High German gevēch ‎(feuder)), from Proto-Indo-European *peik/k̑- ‎(to hate, be hostile) (compare Middle Irish óech ‎(enemy, fiend), Latin piget ‎(he is annoying), Lithuanian pìktas ‎(evil), Albanian pis ‎(dirty, scoundrel)).

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foe ‎(comparative more foe, superlative most foe)

  1. (obsolete) Hostile.

Noun[edit]

foe ‎(plural foes)

  1. An enemy.
    • 2013 June 29, “Travels and travails”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 55:
      Even without hovering drones, a lurking assassin, a thumping score and a denouement, the real-life story of Edward Snowden, a rogue spy on the run, could be straight out of the cinema. But, as with Hollywood, the subplots and exotic locations may distract from the real message: America’s discomfort and its foes’ glee.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Acronym of fifty-one ergs., due to the value of a "foe", 1 foe = 1051ergs; coined by Gerald Brown of Stony Brook University in his work with Hans Bethe.

Noun[edit]

foe ‎(plural foes)

  1. A unit of energy equal to 1044 joules.
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foe

  1. Obsolete spelling of foi