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op·po·nent

 (ə-pō′nənt)
n.
1. One that opposes another or others, as in a battle, contest, or debate: a political opponent.
2. One who is hostile to an idea or cause: an opponent of gun control.
adj.
Acting against an antagonist or opposing force: opponent armies.

[Latin oppōnēns, oppōnent-, present participle of oppōnere, to oppose; see oppose.]

op·po′nen·cy n.

opponent

(əˈpəʊnənt)
n
1. a person who opposes another in a contest, battle, etc
2. (Anatomy) anatomy an opponent muscle
adj
3. opposite, as in position
4. (Anatomy) anatomy (of a muscle) bringing two parts into opposition
5. opposing; contrary
[C16: from Latin oppōnere to oppose, from ob- against + pōnere to place]
opˈponency n

op•po•nent

(əˈpoʊ nənt)

n.
1. a person who is on an opposing side in a game, controversy, or the like; adversary.
adj.
2. being opposite, as in position.
3. opposing; adverse; antagonistic.
4. Anat. bringing parts together or into opposition, as a muscle.
[1580–90; < Latin oppōnent-, s. of oppōnēns, present participle of oppōnere to place over, against]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.opponent - a contestant that you are matched againstopponent - a contestant that you are matched against
contestant - a person who participates in competitions
2.opponent - someone who offers oppositionopponent - 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"
Adj.1.opponent - characterized by active hostility; "opponent (or opposing) armies"
hostile - characterized by enmity or ill will; "a hostile nation"; "a hostile remark"; "hostile actions"

opponent

noun
1. adversary, rival, enemy, the opposition, competitor, challenger, foe, contestant, antagonist Mr Kennedy's opponent in the leadership contest
adversary friend, ally, colleague, associate, supporter, mate, helper, accomplice, main man (slang, chiefly U.S.), cobber (Austral. or old-fashioned N.Z. informal)
2. opposer, dissident, objector, dissentient, disputant He became an outspoken opponent of the old Soviet system.
opposer supporter

opponent

noun
1. One that opposes another in a battle, contest, controversy, or debate:
Translations
protivník
modstander
vastustaja
protivnik
mótherji, andstæîingur
敵対者
대항자
oponentas
oponentspretinieks
nasprotnik
motståndare
ฝ่ายตรงข้าม
đối thủ

opponent

[əˈpəʊnənt] Nadversario/a m/f, contrincante mf; (in debate, discussion) → oponente mf, adversario/a m/f

opponent

[əˈpəʊnənt] n
(in match, contest)adversaire m/f
Mr Kennedy's opponent in the leadership contest → l'adversaire de M. Kennedy dans la lutte pour le leadership
(political)opposant(e) m/f
his political opponents → ses opposants politiques
[idea, policy] → adversaire m/f

opponent

nGegner(in) m(f); (in debate, battle of wits etc also) → Opponent m

opponent

[əˈpəʊnənt] navversario/a; (in debate, discussion) → oppositore/trice
I have always been an opponent of privatization → sono sempre stato un accanito oppositore delle privatizzazioni

opponent

(əˈpəunənt) noun
a person who opposes. an opponent of the government; He beat his opponent by four points.
opporˈtune adjective
coming at the right time. an opportune remark.
opporˈtunely adverb
opporˈtuneness noun
opportunism noun
opporˈtunist noun
a person who takes advantage of any circumstance which will help him personally. a political opportunist.

opponent

خَصّمٌ protivník modstander Gegner αντίπαλος adversario vastustaja opposant protivnik avversario 敵対者 대항자 tegenstander motstander przeciwnik adversário оппонент motståndare ฝ่ายตรงข้าม karşıt đối thủ 对手

opponent

n. oponente, antagonista, contrario-a;
a. opuesto-a, contrario-a.
References in classic literature ?
The vital difference between the game played with living men and that in which inanimate pieces are used, lies in the fact that while in the latter the mere placing of a piece upon a square occupied by an opponent piece terminates the move, in the former the two pieces thus brought together engage in a duel for possession of the square.
I was waiting for you, sir," said Mordaunt, raising his head and casting at his opponent a look it would be impossible to describe.
Hence that general is skillful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skillful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.
His opponent only was applauded--if he struck a blow, if he escaped a blow; he, Ponta, who had forced the fighting from the start, had received no word of cheer.
He was greeting his opponent with the fondness of a brother.
Early in the next round the White Corps student got an ugly wound on the side of his head and gave his opponent one like it.
His opponent budged not an inch, but laughed loudly.
Once more,' cried his opponent, wildly stamping on the ground,
His opponent was the son of his principal warder, and was so imprudent as to give the challenge to this barter of buffets.
When he reached the point about the fundamental and radical law, his opponent jumped up and began to protest.
As his opponent walked towards him he suddenly bounded forward and sent in a whistling cut which would have severed the other in twain had he not sprung lightly back from it.
A man who simply wished to retain his lucrative post would today agree with Pfuel, tomorrow with his opponent, and the day after, merely to avoid responsibility or to please the Emperor, would declare that he had no opinion at all on the matter.