What does opposite mean?

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ˈɒp ə zɪt, -sɪtop·po·site

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. antonym, opposite word, oppositenoun

    a word that expresses a meaning opposed to the meaning of another word, in which case the two words are antonyms of each other

    "to him the antonym of `gay' was `depressed'"

  2. reverse, contrary, oppositenoun

    a relation of direct opposition

    "we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true"

  3. opposition, opponent, oppositenoun

    a contestant that you are matched against

  4. inverse, oppositeadjective

    something inverted in sequence or character or effect

    "when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse"

  5. oppositeadjective

    being directly across from each other; facing

    "And I on the opposite shore will be, ready to ride and spread the alarm"- Longfellow; "we lived on opposite sides of the street"; "at opposite poles"

  6. opposite, pairedadjective

    of leaves etc; growing in pairs on either side of a stem

    "opposite leaves"

  7. oppositeadjective

    moving or facing away from each other

    "looking in opposite directions"; "they went in opposite directions"

  8. oppositeadjective

    the other one of a complementary pair

    "the opposite sex"; "the two chess kings are set up on squares of opposite colors"

  9. oppositeadjective

    altogether different in nature or quality or significance

    "the medicine's effect was opposite to that intended"; "it is said that opposite characters make a union happiest"- Charles Reade

  10. diametric, diametrical, opposite, polaradverb

    characterized by opposite extremes; completely opposed

    "in diametric contradiction to his claims"; "diametrical (or opposite) points of view"; "opposite meanings"; "extreme and indefensible polar positions"

  11. face-to-face, oppositeadverb

    directly facing each other

    "the two photographs lay face-to-face on the table"; "lived all their lives in houses face-to-face across the street"; "they sat opposite at the table"


  1. oppositeadjective

    Situated on the other end of an imaginary line passing through or near the middle of an intervening space or object; -- of one object with respect to another; as, the office is on the opposite side of town; -- also used both to describe two objects with respect to each other; as, the stores were on opposite ends of the mall.

  2. oppositeadjective

    Applied to the other of two things which are entirely different; other; as, the opposite sex; the opposite extreme; antonyms have opposite meanings.

  3. Oppositenoun

    That which is opposed or contrary in character or meaning; as, sweetness and its opposite; up is the opposite of down.


  1. oppositenoun

    something opposite or contrary to another

  2. oppositenoun

    an opponent

  3. oppositenoun

    an antonym

    "Up" is the opposite of "down".

  4. oppositenoun

    an additive inverse

  5. oppositeadverb

    In an opposite position.

    I was on my seat and she stood opposite.

  6. oppositeadjective

    located directly across from something else, or from each other

    She saw him walking on the opposite side of the road.

  7. oppositeadjective

    facing in the other direction

    They were moving in opposite directions.

  8. oppositeadjective

    of either of two complementary or mutually exclusive things

    He has a lot of success with the opposite sex.

  9. oppositepreposition

    facing, or across from

    He lives opposite the pub.

  10. oppositepreposition

    in a complementary role to

    He played opposite Marilyn Monroe.

  11. Etymology: From oppositus, perfect passive participle of oppono.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. OPPOSITEadjective

    Etymology: opposite, Fr. oppositus, Lat.

    To th’ other five,
    Their planetary motions and aspects,
    In sextile, square, trine and opposite,
    Of noxious efficacy. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x.

    Nothing of a foreign nature, like the trifling novels, by which the reader is misled into another sort of pleasure, opposite to that which is designed in an epick poem. Dryd.

    This is a prospect very uneasy to the lusts and passions, and opposite to the strongest desires of flesh and blood. John Rogers.

    In this fallen state of man religion begins with repentance and conversion, the two opposite terms of which are God and sin. John Tillotson, Serm. 1.

    Particles of speech have divers, and sometimes almost opposite significations. John Locke.

  2. Oppositenoun

    Adversary; opponent; antagonist; enemy.

    To the best and wisest, while they live, the world is continually a froward opposite, a curious observer of their defects and imperfections; their virtues it afterwards as much admireth. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 7.

    He is the most skilful, bloody, and fatal opposite that you could have found in Illyria. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.

    The knight whom fate or happy chance
    Shall grace his arms so far in equal fight,
    From out the bars to force his opposite,
    The prize of valour and of love shall gain. Dryden.


  1. Opposite

    In lexical semantics, opposites are words that lie in an inherently incompatible binary relationship as in the opposite pairs male : female, long : short, and precede : follow. The notion of incompatibility here refers to the fact that one word in an opposite pair entails that it is not the other pair member. For example, something that is long entails that it is not short. It is referred to as a 'binary' relationship because there are two members in a set of opposites. The relationship between opposites is known as opposition. A member of a pair of opposites can generally be determined by the question What is the opposite of X ? The term antonym is commonly taken to be synonymous with opposite, but antonym also has other more restricted meanings. Graded antonyms are word pairs whose meanings are opposite and which lie on a continuous spectrum. Complementary antonyms are word pairs whose meanings are opposite but whose meanings do not lie on a continuous spectrum. Relational antonyms are word pairs where opposite makes sense only in the context of the relationship between the two meanings. These more restricted meanings may not apply in all scholarly contexts, with Lyons defining antonym to mean gradable antonyms, and Crystal warns that antonymy and antonym should be regarded with care.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Opposite

    op′ō-zit, adj. placed over against: standing in front: situated on opposite sides: contrasted with: opposed to: of an entirely different nature.—n. that which is opposed or contrary: an opponent.—adv. Opp′ositely.—n. Opp′ositeness.—Be opposite with (Shak.), to be perverse and contradictory in dealing with. [Fr.,—L. oppositusob, against, ponĕre, positum, to place.]


  1. Opposite

    placed over against, or opposed to.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'opposite' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3222

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'opposite' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2261

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'opposite' in Nouns Frequency: #2783

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'opposite' in Adjectives Frequency: #422

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of opposite in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of opposite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of opposite in a Sentence

  1. Robert Lowery:

    I think there's a false belief that white children make up the biggest number of missing children when in fact( proportionally) it's just the opposite.

  2. Richard Scalone:

    It's the combination of a market that overextended in the opposite direction because of Draghi's 'no more rate cut' comment and just some corrective natural price action into the risk of (a Fed meeting) that could be a little bit more hawkish.

  3. Gersonides:

    A peace that comes from fear and not from the heart is the opposite of peace.

  4. Olivier Willocx:

    In Paris, they want to show they have survived, that their lives go on. Here it is the opposite: it didn't happen and people fear it will.

  5. Thomas Modly:

    I did not come to this decision lightly, i have no doubt in my mind [Captain]Crozier did what he thought was in the best interest [of] the safety and well being of his crew. Unfortunately, he did the opposite.

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    steering mechanism for a vessel; a mechanical device by which a vessel is steered
    • A. brasserie
    • B. peccadillo
    • C. hypernym
    • D. helm

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