1 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" [syn: resistance]
2 the relation between opposed entities [syn: oppositeness]
3 the act of opposing groups confronting each other; "the government was not ready for a confrontation with the unions"; "the invaders encountered stiff opposition" [syn: confrontation]
5 a body of people united in opposing something
6 a direction opposite to another
7 an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force); "a soldier must be prepared to kill his enemies" [syn: enemy, foe, foeman]
8 a political party opposed to the party in power and prepared to replace it if elected; "Her Majesty's loyal opposition"
EtymologyFrom oposicion (French opposition), from post-classical Latin oppositio (translating Greek ἀντίθεσις), from the past participle stem of classical Latin oppōnere ‘to set against’.
- The apparent relative position of two celestial bodies when one is at an angle of 180 degrees from the other.
- The action of opposing or of being in conflict.
- An opposite or contrasting position.
- An opponent in some form of competition.
- A political party opposed to the party or government in power.
- In United States intellectual property law, a proceeding in which an interested party seeks to prevent the registration of a trademark or patent.
- Finnish: oppositio
- German: Opposition
- Finnish: vastapuoli
- Turkish: karşıt
- Finnish: vastustaja
- Turkish: muhalif
- Czech: opozice
- Finnish: oppositio
- German: Opposition
- Japanese: 野党
- Turkish: muhalefet
EtymologyPost-classical Latin oppositio (translating Greek ἀντίθεσις), from the past participle stem of classical Latin oppōnere ‘to set against’.
- Opposition (astronomy), a term describing the position of a celestial body
- Loyal opposition
- Opposition (politics), an organised political group that serves to offer opposing views to the government
- Opposition (parliamentary), a form of political opposition
- Official Opposition (Canada)
- Official Opposition (India)
- Opposition Front Bench (Ireland)
- Official Opposition (New Zealand)
- Official Opposition (United Kingdom)
- Opposition (Australia)
- Opposition (Malaysia)
- Opposition Party (United States)
- The Opposition, a band
opposition in Tosk Albanian: Opposition
opposition in Bulgarian: Опозиция
opposition in Danish: Opposition (flertydig)
opposition in German: Opposition
opposition in Estonian: Opositsioon
opposition in French: Opposition
opposition in Indonesian: Oposisi
opposition in Dutch: Oppositie
opposition in Japanese: オポジション
opposition in Low German: Oppositschoon
opposition in Polish: Opozycja
opposition in Slovak: Opozícia
opposition in Swedish: Opposition
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