|1.||[ noun ] the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with|
"he encountered a general feeling of resistance from many citizens" "despite opposition from the newspapers he went ahead"
|Related terms:||action reaction lockout anti-takeover_defense oppose|
|2.||[ noun ] the relation between opposed entities|
|Related terms:||relation contrast contradiction antagonism reverse mutual_opposition inverse polarity negation antithesis tertium_quid inverse contrariety ungradable_opposition gradable_opposition contradictoriness contrary conflict antipode|
|3.||[ noun ] the act of opposing groups confronting each other|
"the government was not ready for a confrontation with the unions" "the invaders encountered stiff opposition"
|Related terms:||resistance strikebreaking fight|
|4.||[ noun ] a body of people united in opposing something|
|Related terms:||body inc|
|5.||[ noun ] (sport,games) a contestant that you are matched against|
|Related terms:||contestant pit|
|6.||[ noun ] (politics) a political party opposed to the party in power and prepared to replace it if elected|
"Her Majesty's loyal opposition"
|7.||[ noun ] a direction opposite to another|
|Related terms:||direction enantiomorphism antipodal orthogonality|
|8.||[ noun ] (military) an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force)|
|Synonyms:||foe enemy opponent foeman|
"a soldier must be prepared to kill his enemies"
|Related terms:||adversary besieger enemy military|