1. [ noun ] the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with
Synonyms: resistance

"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
Synonyms: oppositeness
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
Synonyms: confrontation

"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
Synonyms: opponent opposite
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"

Related terms: party
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
Similar spelling:   oppositive