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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.


  1. opponent

    An opponent is a person, group, or force that competes against or fights against another in a contest, game, debate, or conflict. It is the entity against whom one is competing or battling, often with the goal of defeating them.

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. Raphael Warnock:

    I have never been violent to anybody for any reason. I have spent my entire life as a citizen, as a pastor of Dr. King’s church steeped in the philosophy of nonviolence, my opponent, on the other hand, has a well-documented history of violence, and he hasn’t come clean about it.

  2. Donald Trump:

    You know, my opponent didn’t work hard there because she was told … she was going to win Michigan.

  3. Christo Grozev:

    I cannot exclude that there is the motivation for that. We know that Navalny was definitely poisoned with Novichok by none other than the state of Russia. We know that he went back to Russia against the wishes of Putin, and, of course, now from within jail, Navalny continues to essentially ridicule Putin in the war effort by being a very vocal opponent of the war. So of course there is the motivation.

  4. New Jersey:

    My opponent, greedy drug company CEO Bob Hugin, is going to have to answer for his record of driving up prices for cancer patients while making millions for himself.

  5. Ronald Reagan:

    I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience.

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    a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
    A elate
    B affront
    C summon
    D abide

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