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Dictionary Definition

opposition

Noun

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]
4 a contestant that you are matched against [syn: opponent, opposite]
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"

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English

Etymology

From oposicion (French opposition), from post-classical Latin oppositio (translating Greek ἀντίθεσις), from the past participle stem of classical Latin oppōnere ‘to set against’.

Pronunciation

/ɒpəˈzɪʃən/

Noun

  1. The apparent relative position of two celestial bodies when one is at an angle of 180 degrees from the other.
  2. The action of opposing or of being in conflict.
  3. An opposite or contrasting position.
  4. An opponent in some form of competition.
  5. A political party opposed to the party or government in power.
  6. In United States intellectual property law, a proceeding in which an interested party seeks to prevent the registration of a trademark or patent.

Antonyms

Translations

astronomy
  • Finnish: oppositio
  • German: Opposition
action
opposite
  • Finnish: vastapuoli
  • Turkish: karşıt
opponent
  • Finnish: vastustaja
  • Turkish: muhalif
political
  • Czech: opozice
  • Finnish: oppositio
  • German: Opposition
  • Japanese: 野党
  • Turkish: muhalefet

Finnish

Noun

opposition

French

Etymology

Post-classical Latin oppositio (translating Greek ἀντίθεσις), from the past participle stem of classical Latin oppōnere ‘to set against’.

Pronunciation

  • lang=fr|/ɔpozisjɔ̃/

Noun

fr-noun f

Extensive Definition

Other:
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

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

adversary, adversity, agreement to disagree, alienation, allegory, analogy, antagonism, antagonist, antagonistic, anteposition, antipathy, antithesis, antithetical, apostasy, argumentation, arrest, arrestation, arrestment, assailant, at daggers drawn, averseness, aversion, backlash, backwardness, balancing, ban, blackball, blackballing, blockage, blocking, challenge, check, clashing, clogging, closing up, closure, collision, combatant, combative reaction, comparative anatomy, comparative degree, comparative grammar, comparative judgment, comparative linguistics, comparative literature, comparative method, compare, comparing, comparison, competing, competition, competitive, competitor, complaint, con, conflict, conflicting, confrontation, confrontment, confutation, constriction, contention, contradiction, contradistinction, contraindication, contraposition, contrariety, contrast, contrastiveness, controversy, correlation, counter-culture, counteraction, counterposition, counterworking, cramp, crankiness, cross-purposes, crotchetiness, cursoriness, defiance, delay, demur, departure, detainment, detention, deviation, difference, dim view, disaccord, disaccordance, disagreement, disappointment, disapprobation, disapproval, disconformity, discongruity, discontent, discontentedness, discontentment, discord, discordance, discordancy, discrepancy, discreteness, disenchantment, disesteem, disfavor, disgruntlement, disharmony, disillusion, disillusionment, disinclination, disobedience, disparity, displeasure, dispute, disrelish, disrespect, dissatisfaction, dissension, dissent, dissentience, dissidence, dissimilarity, dissonance, distaste, distinction, distinctiveness, distinctness, disunion, disunity, divergence, divergency, diversity, dropping out, enemy, exclusion, faction, far cry, fixation, flak, foe, foeman, foot-dragging, fractiousness, friction, grudging consent, grudgingness, hampering, heterogeneity, hindering, hindrance, holdback, holdup, hostile, hostility, impediment, in opposition, inaccordance, incompatibility, incongruity, inconsistency, inconsonance, indignation, indisposedness, indisposition, indocility, inequality, inharmoniousness, inharmony, inhibition, inimicalness, interference, interruption, intractableness, irreconcilability, jarring, kick, lack of enthusiasm, lack of zeal, let, likening, low estimation, low opinion, matching, metaphor, minority opinion, mixture, mutinousness, negation, negativism, nolition, nonagreement, nonassent, nonconcurrence, nonconformity, nonconsent, noncooperation, nuisance value, objection, obstinacy, obstruction, obstructionism, occlusion, odds, opponent, opposed, opposing, opposing party, opposite camp, oppositeness, opposure, oppugnance, oppugnancy, ostracism, other side, otherness, parallelism, passive resistance, perfunctoriness, perverseness, perversity, polar opposition, polarity, polarization, posing against, proportion, protest, reaction, rebuff, recalcitrance, recalcitrancy, recalcitration, recoil, recusance, recusancy, refractoriness, refusal, rejection, relation, reluctance, renitence, renitency, repellence, repellency, repercussion, repression, repudiation, repugnance, repulse, repulsion, resistance, restraint, restriction, retardation, retardment, revolt, rival, secession, separateness, setback, showdown, simile, similitude, slowness, squeeze, stand, stranglehold, stricture, stubbornness, sulk, sulkiness, sulks, sullenness, suppression, swimming upstream, the loyal opposition, the opposition, thumbs-down, trope of comparison, unconformity, uncooperativeness, underground, unenthusiasm, unfriendliness, unhappiness, unharmoniousness, unlikeness, unorthodoxy, unwillingness, variance, variation, variegation, variety, weighing, withdrawal, withstanding
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