opposing


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op·pose

 (ə-pōz′)
v. op·posed, op·pos·ing, op·pos·es
v.tr.
1. To be or act in contention or conflict with: opposed their crosstown rivals in the season finale.
2. To be hostile or resistant to; try to prevent: opposes the building of a new police station.
3.
a. To set as an opposite in position: opposed the painting with a mirror across the room.
b. To present in counterbalance or contrast: ideas that were opposed to each other in her first book.
v.intr.
To be or act in opposition.
Idiom:
as opposed to
In contrast to: "a Baroque violin that ... uses gut strings as opposed to metal-wound ones" (William Zagorski).

[Middle English opposen, to question, interrogate, from Old French opposer, alteration (influenced by poser, to place) of Latin oppōnere, to oppose (ob-, against; see ob- + pōnere, to put; see apo- in Indo-European roots).]

op·pos′er n.
Synonyms: oppose, fight, combat, resist, contest
These verbs mean to try to thwart or defeat someone or prevent or nullify something. Oppose has the widest application: opposed the building of a nuclear power plant. "The idea is inconsistent with our constitutional theory and has been stubbornly opposed ... since the early days of the Republic" (E.B. White).
Fight and combat suggest vigor and aggressiveness: "All my life I have fought against prejudice and intolerance" (Harry S. Truman)."We are not afraid ... to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it" (Thomas Jefferson).
To resist is to strive to fend off or offset the actions, effects, or force of: "Pardon was freely extended to all who had resisted the invasion" (John R. Green).
To contest is to call something into question and take an active stand against it: contested her neighbor's claims to her property in court.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.opposing - characterized by active hostility; "opponent (or opposing) armies"
hostile - characterized by enmity or ill will; "a hostile nation"; "a hostile remark"; "hostile actions"

opposing

adjective
2. rival, warring, conflicting, clashing, competing, enemy, opposite, hostile, combatant, antagonistic, antipathetic The leader said he still favoured a dialogue between the opposing sides.

opposing

adjective
Translations
protichůdný
modsat
vastustava
protivan
反対する
반대하는
motstående
ซึ่งต่อต้าน
trái ngược

opposing

[əˈpəʊzɪŋ] ADJ [views, ideas] → opuesto, contrario; [team] → contrario; [army] → enemigo
we've always had opposing views on politicsnuestras ideas políticas siempre han sido opuestas or contrarias
they found themselves on opposing sides in the waren la guerra se encontraron luchando en bandos contrarios

opposing

[əˈpəʊzɪŋ] adj
[side, team] → opposé(e)
to be on opposing sides (fig) (= not in agreement) → ne pas être du même côté de la barrière
Parents and children are on opposing sides of most arguments
[tendency, point of view] → opposé(e)

opposing

adj teamgegnerisch; armyfeindlich; charactersentgegengesetzt, gegensätzlich; viewsgegensätzlich; minorityopponierend; to be on opposing sidesauf entgegengesetzten Seiten stehen

opposing

[əˈpəʊzɪŋ] adj (tendencies, points of view) → opposto/a; (team) → avversario/a

opposing

مُعَارِضٌ لِ protichůdný modsat gegnerisch αντιθετικός contrario vastustava adverse protivan opposto 反対する 반대하는 tegenovergesteld motstridende przeciwstawny antagónico, antagônico противостоящий motstående ซึ่งต่อต้าน karşı çıkan trái ngược 相反的
References in classic literature ?
In such actions, instead of two crowds opposing each other, the men disperse, attack singly, run away when attacked by stronger forces, but again attack when opportunity offers.
Therefore there enters into the former game not only the strategy of jetan but the personal prowess and bravery of each individual piece, so that a knowledge not only of one's own men but of each player upon the opposing side is of vast value to a chief.
The fourth move after the victory of the Black Odwar found Gahan upon U-Dor's fourth; an Orange Panthan was on the adjoining square diagonally to his right and the only opposing piece that could engage him other than U-Dor himself.
U-Dor could move out and engage Gahan, or he could move his Princess' Panthan upon the square occupied by Gahan in he hope that the former would defeat the Black Chief and thus draw the game, which is the outcome if any other than a Chief slays the opposing Chief, or he could move away and escape, temporarily, the necessity for personal combat, or at least that is evidently what he had in mind as was obvious to all who saw him scanning the board about him; and his disappointment was apparent when he finally discovered that Gahan had so placed himself that there was no square to which U-Dor could move that it was not within Gahan's power to reach at his own next move.
Here is one more book that depicts the struggle of a human creature, under those opposing influences of Good and Evil, which we have all felt, which we have all known.
The combatants were placed face to face, each with several members of his own corps about him to assist; two seconds, well padded, and with swords in their hands, took their stations; a student belonging to neither of the opposing corps placed himself in a good position to umpire the combat; another student stood by with a watch and a memorandum-book to keep record of the time and the number and nature of the wounds; a gray-haired surgeon was present with his lint, his bandages, and his instruments.
The instant the word was given, the two apparitions sprang forward and began to rain blows down upon each other with such lightning rapidity that I could not quite tell whether I saw the swords or only flashes they made in the air; the rattling din of these blows as they struck steel or paddings was something wonderfully stirring, and they were struck with such terrific force that I could not understand why the opposing sword was not beaten down under the assault.
According to the poll, Druze markedly tend to oppose intermarriage between Jews and Druze, with 83% of Druze opposing marriage between a Jewish woman and Druze man and 81% opposing marriage between a Jewish man and Druze woman.
However, opposing the bill, PPP Parliamentary leader in the National Assembly Syed Naveed Qamar said various segments of society had opposed different section of the bill.
Opposing Counsel: I'll withdraw the question if you'll stipulate that your client is an idiot.
When pundits and politicians give us their expert opinion about the battle between Republicans and Democrats in the November 7 congressional elections, they generally describe the opposing forces as occupying opposite sides of a giant political divide.
1999: Robert Davies in Nova Scotia, who was censored for opposing special "gay" union status; a Manitoba professor, who was denounced for listing 18 homosexualist "myths;"