Opponent Definition

ə-pōnənt
opponents
noun
opponents
A person who opposes; person against another in a fight, game, debate, argument, etc.; adversary.
Webster's New World
One who is hostile to an idea or cause.
An opponent of gun control.
American Heritage

An individual or group who is a rival of another.

Wiktionary

In team sports, a player of an opposite team.

Wiktionary
adjective
Opposite, as in position.
Webster's New World
Opposing; adverse; antagonistic.
Webster's New World
Bringing parts into opposition.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
opposing
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Other Word Forms of Opponent

Noun

Singular:
opponent
Plural:
opponents

Origin of Opponent

  • Latin oppōnēns oppōnent- present participle of oppōnere to oppose oppose

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin from opponere, to oppose

    From Wiktionary

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