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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 ?
As the combatants were now equal in number, each singled an opponent from the adverse band.
He was a prominent opponent of Socialism, which he said would break up the home
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.
I find, since reading over the foregoing Narrative, that I have, in several instances, spoken in such a tone and manner, respecting religion, as may possi- bly lead those unacquainted with my religious views to suppose me an opponent of all religion.
she asked, rather in the tone in which a person might address an opponent of adult age than such as is ordinarily used to a child.
Heathcliff, aware that his opponent was ignorant of the treatment received while insensible, called him deliriously intoxicated; and said he should not notice his atrocious conduct further, but advised him to get to bed.
Steerforth evaded the question for a little while; looking in scorn and anger on his opponent, and remaining silent.
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.
Dorothea, seeing how short and slight his attire was, would not go in to witness the battle between her champion and her opponent.
His opponent budged not an inch, but laughed loudly.
They were felled not by a number of fighting men, but by a single opponent.
It had been fighting, and manifestly had had a savage opponent, for its throat was torn away, and its belly was slit open as if with a savage claw.