enemy


enemy
enemy, foe denote an individual or body of individuals that is hostile or that manifests hostility to another.
Enemy usually stresses antagonism that arises from a cherished hatred or a desire to harm or destroy, but it may suggest nothing much more than active or evident dislike or a habit of preying upon
{

a man with many friends and no enemies

}
{

the anarchist is the enemy of government

}
{

the woodpecker is a natural enemy of insects that infest the bark of trees

}
{

let the teacher appear always the ally of the pupil, not his natural enemyRussell

}
{

time is at once the enemy and the ally of life and of loveMillett

}
Foe, on the other hand, implies active warfare
{

he is the foe of all reform measures

}
{

give me the avowed, the erect, the manly foe, bold I can meet,—perhaps may turn his blow!— Canning

}
When the reference is to a nation or group of nations with whom a country is at war, enemy is preferred in general use, foe being used in this sense chiefly in poetry or rhetorical prose
{

we have met the enemy, and they are ours— O. H. Perry

}
{

whispering with white lips— "Thefoe! They come!"— Byron

}
Analogous words: *opponent, adversary, antagonist: rival, competitor (see corresponding verbs at RIVAL)
Contrasted words: *friend: ally, *partner, confederate, colleague: adherent, *follower, partisan

New Dictionary of Synonyms. 2014.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Enemy — or enemies may refer to:In television:* Enemies ( Buffy episode), a Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode * Enemies ( Stargate SG 1 ), the Season 5 premiere episode of the science fiction television series Stargate SG 1 * Enemies (The West Wing ), the …   Wikipedia

  • Enemy — En e*my, n.; pl. {Enemies}. [OF. enemi, F. ennemi, from L. inimicus; in (negative) + amicus friend. See {Amicable}.] One hostile to another; one who hates, and desires or attempts the injury of, another; a foe; an adversary; as, an enemy of or to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Enemy — Tempest of Violence Entwickler Anachronia Designer …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Enemy — (Enemy Mine) est un film américain réalisé par Wolfgang Petersen, sorti en 1985. Sommaire 1 Synopsis 2 Fiche technique 3 Distribution …   Wikipédia en Français

  • enemy — early 13c., from O.Fr. enemi (12c.), earlier inimi (9c.) enemy, adversary, foe, demon, the Devil, from L. inimicus hostile, unfriendly; an enemy (Cf. It. nemico, Cat. enamic, Sp. enemigo, Port. inimigo), from in not (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + amicu …   Etymology dictionary

  • enemy — ► NOUN (pl. enemies) 1) a person who is actively opposed or hostile to someone or something. 2) (the enemy) (treated as sing. or pl. ) a hostile nation or its armed forces in time of war. 3) a thing that damages or opposes something: routine is… …   English terms dictionary

  • enemy — [en′ə mē] n. pl. enemies [ME & OFr enemi < L inimicus, unfriendly, enemy < in , not + amicus, friend: see AMIABLE] 1. a person who hates another, and wishes or tries to injure him; foe 2. a) a nation or force hostile to another; military or …   English World dictionary

  • Enemy — En e*my, a. Hostile; inimical. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] They . . . every day grow more enemy to God. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • enemy — index adversary, foe, rival Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 enemy …   Law dictionary

  • Enemy — Mine    Film de science fiction de Wolfgang Petersen, d après la nouvelle de Barry Longyear, avec Dennis Quaid, Louis Gosset.   Pays: États Unis   Date de sortie: 1985   Technique: couleurs   Durée: 1 h 48    Résumé    Sur la planète Dracon, un… …   Dictionnaire mondial des Films


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.