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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 ?
Porthos had Bicarat, and Aramis found himself opposed to two adversaries.
Aramis had killed one of his adversaries, but the other pressed him warmly.
Then, assisted by Bicarat, the only one left standing, he bore Jussac, Cahusac, and one of Aramis's adversaries who was only wounded, under the porch of the convent.
They so far exceed the usual though unjustifiable licenses of party artifice, that even in a disposition the most candid and tolerant, they must force the sentiments which favor an indulgent construction of the conduct of political adversaries to give place to a voluntary and unreserved indignation.
A few observations on this subject will be the more proper, as it is perceived that the adversaries of the new Constitution are availing themselves of the prevailing prejudice with regard to the practicable sphere of republican administration, in order to supply, by imaginary difficulties, the want of those solid objections which they endeavor in vain to find.
Were it proposed by the plan of the convention to abolish the governments of the particular States, its adversaries would have some ground for their objection; though it would not be difficult to show that if they were abolished the general government would be compelled, by the principle of self-preservation, to reinstate them in their proper jurisdiction.
Quickly, however, as they were despatched, they found time to hurl one last and bitter sarcasm at their adversaries.
Gales have their personalities, and, after all, perhaps it is not strange; for, when all is said and done, they are adversaries whose wiles you must defeat, whose violence you must resist, and yet with whom you must live in the intimacies of nights and days.
Buckingham, also, who had perceived their expression, threw himself between the two adversaries, whom he had expected to see precipitate themselves on each other.
credibility to threaten precision strikes against adversaries suffers as well.
This fact is important not only for Muslims who convert to Christianity but because, in the last 30 years, apostasy has become the main instrument to eliminate political adversaries.
Along the way the rather timid Percy gains confidence and the trust of his companions, all while teaching some old Halloween adversaries the real meaning of Christmas.