Opponent meaning

ə-pōnənt
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One that opposes another or others, as in a battle, contest, or debate.

A political opponent.

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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.

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A person who opposes; person against another in a fight, game, debate, argument, etc.; adversary.
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Opposite, as in position.
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One who attempts to stop the progression of.
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Opposing; adverse; antagonistic.
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Bringing parts into opposition.
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An individual or group who is a rival of another.
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One who objects to.
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In team sports, a player of an opposite team.
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Situated in front; opposite; hence, opposing; adverse; antagonistic.

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One who is hostile to an idea or cause.

An opponent of gun control.

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Acting against an antagonist or opposing force.

Opponent armies.

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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