Friendly opponents in a chess game.
- The person you play against in a chess game is an example of your opponent.
- Someone who is against gun control is an example of an opponent of gun control.
The definition of an opponent is someone who you compete against, who has interests opposing yours, or is a person who is against something.
a person who opposes; person against another in a fight, game, debate, argument, etc.; adversary
Origin of opponentfrom Classical Latin opponens, present participle of opponere from ob- (see ob-) + ponere, to place: see position
- Rare opposite, as in position
- opposing; adverse; antagonistic
- Anat. bringing parts into opposition: said of a muscle
- One that opposes another or others, as in a battle, contest, or debate: a political opponent.
- One who is hostile to an idea or cause: an opponent of gun control.
Acting against an antagonist or opposing force: opponent armies.
Origin of opponentLatin oppōnēns oppōnent- present participle of oppōnere to oppose ; see oppose .
(comparative more opponent, superlative most opponent)
- Situated in front; opposite; hence, opposing; adverse; antagonistic.