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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 ?
Happily, he soon succeeded in disarming his adversary, whose knife fell on the rock at their feet; and from this moment it became a fierce struggle who should cast the other over the dizzy height into a neighboring cavern of the falls.
Brom, who had a degree of rough chivalry in his nature, would fain have carried matters to open warfare and have settled their pretensions to the lady, according to the mode of those most concise and simple reasoners, the knights-errant of yore, -- by single combat; but lchabod was too conscious of the superior might of his adversary to enter the lists against him; he had overheard a boast of Bones, that he would "double the schoolmaster up, and lay him on a shelf of his own schoolhouse;" and he was too wary to give him an opportunity.
Adolph, enraged at this taunt, flew furiously at his adversary, swearing and striking on every side of him.
The adversary waited a while, with his shoulders still lifted, his head thrust down between them, and his keen bright eye fixed on me; then he threw out two or three more insults, which I could not understand, further than that I knew a portion of them consisted of language not used in church.
It has been urged that the presence of the accused brothers in that fatal room, just after notification that one of them must take the life of Judge Driscoll or lose his own the moment the parties should meet, clearly signifies that the natural of self-preservation moved my clients to go there secretly and save Count Luigi by destroying his adversary.
His adversary had fallen senseless with excessive pain and the flow of blood, that gushed from an artery or a large vein.
In the struggle, if that can be called a struggle in which the Ghost with no visible resistance on its own part was undisturbed by any effort of its adversary, Scrooge observed that its light was burning high and bright; and dimly connecting that with its influence over him, he seized the extinguisher-cap, and by a sudden action pressed it down upon its head.
I walked through the streets; and, once more seeing my old adversary the butcher - now a constable, with his staff hanging up in the shop - went down to look at the place where I had fought him; and there meditated on Miss Shepherd and the eldest Miss Larkins, and all the idle loves and likings, and dislikings, of that time.
Mean while the Adversary of God and Man, SATAN with thoughts inflam'd of highest design, Puts on swift wings, and toward the Gates of Hell Explores his solitary flight; som times He scours the right hand coast, som times the left, Now shaves with level wing the Deep, then soares Up to the fiery concave touring high.
However incensed at his adversary for the precautions which he recommended, Brian de Bois-Guilbert did not neglect his advice; for his honour was too nearly concerned, to permit his neglecting any means which might ensure victory over his presumptuous opponent.
I was tired, at any rate; but had I been as fresh as when I rose, I could see it was in vain for me to contend in speed with such an adversary.
For instance, in the case already mentioned; they never desire to know what claim or title my adversary has to my cow; but whether the said cow were red or black; her horns long or short; whether the field I graze her in be round or square; whether she was milked at home or abroad; what diseases she is subject to, and the like; after which they consult precedents, adjourn the cause from time to time, and in ten, twenty, or thirty years, come to an issue.