Enemy or Foe

7 Feb ’15: QofDay: Enemy or Foe?

What is the difference between an enemy and a foe ?

It seems that in most modern usages the terms are interchangeable.

In their derivation there is a definite difference in meanings originally – the term foe coming from the Teutonic root languages as meaning simply an adversary, or something repulsive in some sense (usually related to smell).

The word enemy comes from French, and the roots seem to be more about someone possessed by hatred – which in the weaker sense usually puts them in the position of an adversary.

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