Definitions for oppositionˌɒp əˈzɪʃ ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

op•po•si•tionˌɒp əˈzɪʃ ən(n.)

  1. the action of opposing, resisting, or combating.

  2. antagonism or hostility.

  3. a person or group of people opposing, criticizing, or protesting something, someone, or another group.

  4. (sometimes cap.) the major political party opposed to the party in power and seeking to replace it.

    Category: Government

  5. the act of placing opposite, or the state or position of being placed opposite.

  6. the act of opposing, or the state of being opposed by way of comparison or contrast.

  7. the relation between two propositions in logic that have the same subject and predicate, but which differ in quantity or quality, or in both.

    Category: Philosphy

  8. the situation of two heavenly bodies when their longitudes or right ascensions differ by 180°:

    The moon is in opposition to the sun when the earth is directly between them.

    Category: Astronomy

  9. the relationship between two alternative units within a linguistic system.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

Origin of opposition:

1350–1400; ME < OF < L


Princeton's WordNet

  1. resistance, opposition(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"

  2. opposition, oppositeness(noun)

    the relation between opposed entities

  3. confrontation, opposition(noun)

    the act of hostile groups opposing each other

    "the government was not ready for a confrontation with the unions"; "the invaders encountered stiff opposition"

  4. opposition, opponent, opposite(noun)

    a contestant that you are matched against

  5. opposition(noun)

    a body of people united in opposing something

  6. opposition(noun)

    a direction opposite to another

  7. enemy, foe, foeman, opposition(noun)

    an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force)

    "a soldier must be prepared to kill his enemies"

  8. Opposition(noun)

    the major political party opposed to the party in office and prepared to replace it if elected

    "Her Majesty's loyal opposition"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. opposition(noun)ˌɒp əˈzɪʃ ən

    disagreement with a plan or idea

    The Republicans face strong opposition to the new bill.

  2. oppositionˌɒp əˈzɪʃ ən

    the group, team, etc. that is competing or fighting against another group, team, etc.

    They played well but were eventually beaten by the opposition.

  3. oppositionˌɒp əˈzɪʃ ən

    a political party that is not currently in power

    the opposition leader


  1. opposition(Noun)

    The action of opposing or of being in conflict.

  2. opposition(Noun)

    An opposite or contrasting position.

  3. opposition(Noun)

    An opponent in some form of competition.

  4. opposition(Noun)

    The apparent relative position of two celestial bodies when one is at an angle of 180 degrees from the other as seen from the Earth.

  5. opposition(Noun)

    A political party opposed to the party or government in power.

  6. opposition(Noun)

    In United States intellectual property law, a proceeding in which an interested party seeks to prevent the registration of a trademark or patent.

  7. opposition(Noun)

    A position in which the player on the move must yield with his king allowing his opponent to advance with his own king.

  8. Origin: From oposicion (whence opposition), from oppositio (translating Greek ἀντίθεσις), from the past participle stem of classical opponere.


  1. Opposition

    Parliamentary opposition is a form of political opposition to a designated government, particularly in a Westminster-based parliamentary system. Note that this article uses the term government as it is used in Parliamentary systems, i.e. meaning the administration or the cabinet rather than the state. The title of "Official Opposition" usually goes to the largest of the parties sitting in opposition with its leader being given the title "Leader of the Opposition". In First Past the Post assemblies, where the tendency to gravitate into two major parties or party groupings operates strongly, government and opposition roles can go to the two main groupings serially in alternation. In this context, the opposition forms a recognised, even semi-official "government-in-waiting". Its "opposing" can degenerate into a charade pending the eventual exchange of roles and occupation, or reoccupation, of the Treasury benches. The more proportional a representative system, the greater the likelihood of multiple political parties appearing in the parliamentary debating chamber. Such systems can foster multiple "opposition" parties which may have little in common and minimal desire to form a united bloc opposed to the government of the day.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'opposition' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1072

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'opposition' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2919

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'opposition' in Nouns Frequency: #496

Translations for opposition

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the act of resisting or fighting against by force or argument

There is a lot of opposition to his ideas.

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