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A foe in battle; an enemy.


n, pl -men
archaic or poetic an enemy in war; foe


(ˈfoʊ mən)

n., pl. -men.
a foe in war.
[before 1000]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.foeman - an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force)foeman - an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force); "a soldier must be prepared to kill his enemies"
enemy - an opposing military force; "the enemy attacked at dawn"
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
adversary, antagonist, opposer, resister, opponent - someone who offers opposition
besieger - an enemy who lays siege to your position
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Here a little knot of struggling warriors trampled a bed of gorgeous pimalia; there the curved sword of a black man found the heart of a thern and left its dead foeman at the foot of a wondrous statue carved from a living ruby; yonder a dozen therns pressed a single pirate back upon a bench of emerald, upon whose iridescent surface a strangely beautiful Barsoomian design was traced out in inlaid diamonds.
     Of the unpersuaded foeman.
The onslaught of the foeman to repel By might of arm all vainly did they try, And when at length 'twas left them but to die, Wearied and few the last defenders fell.
Again and again he buried his teeth in the flesh of a foeman.
Just beyond them he was tossed aside upon the ground, and the last he saw of his strange foeman the latter was galloping off across the plain in the direction of the forest at its farther edge.
Here, I felt, I could defy an army, for but a single foeman could advance upon me at a time, nor could he know that I was awaiting him until he came full upon me around the corner of the turn.
They appreciated him as a foeman worthy of their intellect, and they listened intently, following every word.
Anne no longer wished to win for the sake of defeating Gilbert; rather, for the proud consciousness of a well-won victory over a worthy foeman.
cried the archer, loosening his jerkin, and eyeing his foeman over with the keen glance of one who is a judge of manhood.
Anita Foeman, a communications studies professor at the school, the DNA Discussion Project has administered DNA tests to more than a thousand students, faculty, staff and members of the community in an effort to get people talking.
They were a fortress of strength; but, what invading foeman could never do, the silent artillery of time has done; the leveling of its walls.
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