What does opponent mean?

Definitions for opponent
əˈpoʊ nəntop·po·nent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. opposition, opponent, oppositenoun

    a contestant that you are matched against

  2. adversary, antagonist, opponent, opposer, resisteradjective

    someone who offers opposition

  3. opponent, opposingadjective

    characterized by active hostility

    "opponent (or opposing) armies"


  1. opponentnoun

    An individual or group who is a rival of another.

  2. opponentnoun

    One who attempts to stop the progression of.

  3. opponentnoun

    One who objects to.

  4. opponentnoun

    In team sports, a player of an opposite team.

  5. Etymology: from opponere, to oppose

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Opponentadjective

    Opposite; adverse.

    Etymology: opponens, Lat.

    Ere the foundations of this earth were laid,
    It was opponent to our search ordain’d,
    That joy, still sought, should never be attain’d. Matthew Prior.

  2. Opponentnoun

    Etymology: opponens, Lat.

    Inasmuch as ye go about to destroy a thing which is in force, and to draw in that which hath not as yet been received, to impose on us that which we think not ourselves bound unto; that therefore ye are not to claim in any conference other than the plaintiffs or opponents part. Richard Hooker.

    How becomingly does Philopolis exercise his office, and seasonably commit the opponent with the respondent, like a long practised moderator. More.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Opponent

    ō-pō′nent, adj. opposing in action, speech, &c.: placed in front.—n. one who opposes.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. opponent

    One who oppones, or opposes; an adversary; an antagonist; a foe.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'opponent' in Nouns Frequency: #1360

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of opponent in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of opponent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of opponent in a Sentence

  1. Chris Christie:

    You can absolutely lay your opponent out without saying a bad word.

  2. David McIntosh:

    Let's just say she didn't pull The Republican Party off last time when she had a weaker opponent, i'm not too optimistic about this time.

  3. Leslie Rutledge:

    While my opponent talks about the liberal left in Washington, D.C., she has done nothing to effectively combat them in the last several years.

  4. Mehmet Oz:

    The bigoted attacks my opponent Dave McCormick has made against me as the child of immigrants are reminiscent of slurs made in the past about Catholics and Jews, it is a sign of McCormick’s desperate campaign that he has resorted to this disgraceful tactic.

  5. Nancy Pelosi:

    If the president brings up, he wants them to investigate something on his political opponent, that is self evident that it is not right. You don't ask foreign governments to help us in our elections. That's what we tried to stop with Russia.

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