What does opposition mean?

Definitions for opposition
ˌɒp əˈzɪʃ ənop·po·si·tion

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word opposition.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. resistance, oppositionnoun

    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, oppositenessnoun

    the relation between opposed entities

  3. confrontation, oppositionnoun

    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, oppositenoun

    a contestant that you are matched against

  5. oppositionnoun

    a body of people united in opposing something

  6. oppositionnoun

    a direction opposite to another

  7. enemy, foe, foeman, oppositionnoun

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

    "a soldier must be prepared to kill his enemies"

  8. Oppositionnoun

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

    "Her Majesty's loyal opposition"


  1. oppositionnoun

    The action of opposing or of being in conflict.

  2. oppositionnoun

    An opposite or contrasting position.

  3. oppositionnoun

    An opponent in some form of competition.

  4. oppositionnoun

    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. oppositionnoun

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

  6. oppositionnoun

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

  7. oppositionnoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Oppositionnoun

    Etymology: opposition, Fr. oppositio, Lat.

    Cry’d oh! and mounted; found no opposition
    From what he look’d for should oppose. William Shakespeare.

    Virtue which breaks thro’ all opposition,
    And all temptation can remove,
    Most shines, and most is acceptable above. John Milton.

    He considers Lausus rescuing his father at the hazard of his own life, as an image of himself when he took Anchises on his shoulders, and bore him safe thro’ the rage of the fire and the opposition of his enemies. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    They who never tried the experiment of a holy life, measure the laws of God not by their intrinsical goodness, but by the reluctancy and opposition which they find in their own hearts. John Tillotson, Serm. 6.

    The parts of every true opposition do alway both concern the same subject, and have reference to the same thing, sith otherwise they are but in shew opposite, and not in truth. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 48.

    Reason can never permit the mind to reject a greater evidence, to embrace what is less evident, nor allow it to entertain probability in opposition to knowledge and certainty. John Locke.


  1. opposition

    Opposition is the state of being in disagreement, hostility, or conflict with someone or something. It can also refer to a political party or group that stands against the party in power, acting as a check on their actions. Additionally, in an abstract sense, it can describe the relationship between two ideas or concepts that are in complete contrast or contradiction with each other.


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Opposition

    op-ō-zish′un, n. state of being placed over against: position over against: repugnance: contrariety: contrast: act or action of opposing: resistance: that which opposes: obstacle: (logic) a difference of quantity or quality between two propositions having the same subject and predicate: the party that opposes the ministry or existing administration: (astron.) the situation of heavenly bodies when 180 degrees apart.—n. Opposi′tionist, one who belongs to an opposing party, esp. that opposed to the government. [Opposite.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. opposition

    A celestial body is said to be in opposition to the sun when their longitudes differ 180°, or half the circumference of the heavens.

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

How to pronounce opposition?

How to say opposition in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of opposition in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of opposition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of opposition in a Sentence

  1. Zhao Lijian:

    What's shocking is that on June 15, the Indian side severely violated our consensus and twice crossed the border line and provoked and attacked the Chinese forces, causing a violent physical confrontation between the two border forces, china is raising strong opposition and stern representations to the Indian side on this.

  2. The Ukrainian Embassy:

    The Embassy of Ukraine in Washington did not coordinate with the DNC about opposition research, while some politicians who are not part of the Ukrainian government might have taken sides during last year’s elections in the U.S., the government of Ukraine did not.

  3. Nicols Maduro:

    The lack of confidence is a problem on both sides, which is why they should think together on some innovative ways to create reassurances in this process, to simply reject the possibility of dialogue and repeat that the only way forward is the end of usurpation as the opposition says, wont lead anywhere.

  4. Kenneth Blackwell:

    Among the conservative movement organizations…we have refused to be gas lighted into believing that we are a minority party in America, we actually think that when you look at county commissions, townships, state legislative chambers and the like that we are either equal in size if not superior in number to the opposition party.

  5. Berta Valle:

    These actions by the regime to capture and detain opposition leaders also have the purpose of creating a chilling effect for the citizenry. The common citizen has to wonder if that's how they treat Maradiaga, Cristiana Chamorro, Arturo Cruz and others, how much more can they do against the average citizen that doesn't have as big an exposure.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for opposition

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • oposicióCatalan, Valencian
  • opoziceCzech
  • OppositionGerman
  • αντιπολίτευσηGreek
  • اپوزیسیونPersian
  • vastapuoli, vastaisuus, vastustaja, oppositio, vastarinta, vastustusFinnish
  • oppositionFrench
  • urchomhaireachtIrish
  • התנגדותHebrew
  • ellenkezés, ellenzés, ellenszegülés, ellenfél, ellenzék, szembenállásHungarian
  • ընդդիմությունArmenian
  • opposizioneItalian
  • 反対, 野党, 衝Japanese
  • ātetenga, āpitihana, mautohetangaMāori
  • oppositieDutch
  • oposiçãoPortuguese
  • împotrivire, oponent, opoziție, opunereRomanian
  • оппозиция, противник, противодействие, противоположность, оппонент, противостояниеRussian
  • oppositionSwedish
  • mpinzaniSwahili
  • karşıt, karşıtlık, muhalif, muhalefetTurkish

Get even more translations for opposition »


Find a translation for the opposition definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"opposition." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 27 May 2024. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/opposition>.

Discuss these opposition definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for opposition? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    a fabric with a nap that is longer and softer than velvet
    A greedy
    B plush
    C brilliant
    D suspicious

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for opposition: