- The definition of an opponent is someone who you compete against, who has interests opposing yours, or is a person who is against something.
- 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.
Friendly opponents in a chess game.
Origin of opponent; from 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.
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.