adversary

(redirected from adversaries)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia.
Related to adversaries: adversities

ad·ver·sar·y

 (ăd′vər-sĕr′ē)
n. pl. ad·ver·sar·ies
1. An opponent; an enemy.
2. Adversary The Devil; Satan. Often used with the.

[Middle English adversarie, from Latin adversārius, enemy, from adversus, against; see adverse.]

adversary

(ˈædvəsərɪ)
n, pl -saries
1. a person or group that is hostile to someone; enemy
2. an opposing contestant in a game or sport
adj
the US term for adversarial2
[C14: from Latin adversārius, from adversus against. See adverse]

ad•ver•sar•y

(ˈæd vərˌsɛr i)

n., pl. -sar•ies,
adj. n.
1. a person, group, etc., that opposes or attacks; opponent; enemy.
2. an opponent in a contest; contestant.
adj.
3. of or pertaining to an adversary.
4. involving adversaries, as plaintiff and defendant in a legal proceeding.
Also, ad•ver•sar•i•al (ˌæd vərˈsɛər i əl)
[1300–50; < Anglo-French < Latin]
ad′ver•sar`i•ness, n.

Adversary

 
  1. An adversary as easily wiped out as writing on a chalkboard —Elyse Sommer
  2. Being in the same room with the two men was like dropping in on a reunion of Capulets and Montagues —P. G. Wodehouse
  3. A dead enemy is as good as a cold friend —German proverb
  4. Fill me with strength against those who … like water held in the hands would spill me —Louis MacNeice
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.adversary - someone who offers oppositionadversary - someone who offers opposition  
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
dueler, duelist, dueller, duellist - a person who fights duels
foe, foeman, enemy, opposition - an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force); "a soldier must be prepared to kill his enemies"
Luddite - any opponent of technological progress
withstander - an opponent who resists with force or resolution; "obstinate withstanders of innovation"

adversary

noun opponent, rival, opposer, enemy, competitor, foe, contestant, antagonist His political adversaries were creating trouble for him.
friend, partner, ally, colleague, associate, supporter, helper, collaborator, accomplice, confederate, co-worker, main man (slang, chiefly U.S.), cobber (Austral. or old-fashioned N.Z. informal)

adversary

noun
One that opposes another in a battle, contest, controversy, or debate:
Translations
protivníksoupeř
modstanderfjendemodpart
vastustaja
protivnik
andstæîingur; óvinur
敵対者
적수
priešininkas
ienaidniekspretinieks
motståndare
คู่ต่อสู้
đối thủ

adversary

[ˈædvəsərɪ] Nadversario/a m/f, contrario/a m/f

adversary

[ˈædvərsəri] nadversaire mf

adversary

nWidersacher(in) m(f); (in contest) → Gegner(in) m(f)

adversary

[ˈædvəsrɪ] navversario/a, antagonista m/f

adversary

(ˈӕdvəsəri) plural ˈadversaries noun
an opponent; an enemy. his adversary in the chess match.

adversary

خَصْم protivník modstander Gegner αντίπαλος adversario vastustaja adversaire protivnik avversario 敵対者 적수 tegenstander motstander przeciwnik adversário противник motståndare คู่ต่อสู้ rakip đối thủ 敌手
References in classic literature ?
Ichabod, on the contrary, had to win his way to the heart of a country coquette, beset with a labyrinth of whims and caprices, which were forever presenting new difficulties and impediments; and he had to encounter a host of fearful adversaries of real flesh and blood, the numerous rustic admirers, who beset every portal to her heart, keeping a watchful and angry eye upon each other, but ready to fly out in the common cause against any new competitor.
But it never occurred to one of them to reflect that if I was such a wonderful necro- mancer as I was pretending to be, I ought not to need salves or instructions, or charms against enchantments, and, least of all, arms and armor, on a foray of any kind -- even against fire-spouting dragons, and devils hot from perdition, let alone such poor adversaries as these I was after, these commonplace ogres of the back settlements.
He excited so much admiration, one day, among a crowd of white boys, by throwing back somersaults from the stern of a canoe, that it wearies Tom's spirit, and at last he shoved the canoe underneath Chambers while he was in the air--so he came down on his head in the canoe bottom; and while he lay unconscious, several of Tom's ancient adversaries saw that their long-desired opportunity was come, and they gave the false heir such a drubbing that with Chamber's best help he was hardly able to drag himself home afterward.
She relied upon them to hold themselves prepared for any eventuality and to silence the adversaries, if, as she feared, they created a disturbance.
Finally, to those nations who would make themselves our adversaries, we offer not a pledge but a request: that both sides begin anew the quest for peace; before the dark powers of destruction unleashed by science engulf all humanity in planned or accidental self-destruction.
It may perhaps be thought superfluous to offer arguments to prove the utility of the UNION, a point, no doubt, deeply engraved on the hearts of the great body of the people in every State, and one, which it may be imagined, has no adversaries.
The instability, injustice, and confusion introduced into the public councils, have, in truth, been the mortal diseases under which popular governments have everywhere perished; as they continue to be the favorite and fruitful topics from which the adversaries to liberty derive their most specious declamations.
His behavior at cards had a lofty distinction which everybody noticed: he never complained; he praised his adversaries when they lost; he did not rebuke or teach his partners by showing them how they ought to have played.
One could judge beforehand that the cachalots would be victorious, not only because they were better built for attack than their inoffensive adversaries, but also because they could remain longer under water without coming to the surface.
The agile Frenchman was soon upon his feet again, and lost no time in knocking down two of his long-gowned adversaries with his fists and a vigorous application of his toes; then, rushing out of the pagoda as fast as his legs could carry him, he soon escaped the third priest by mingling with the crowd in the streets.
He who at the moment occupied the upper step kept his adversaries marvelously in check.
I have only two adversaries -- I will not say two conquerors, for with perseverance I subdue even them, -- they are time and distance.