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op·po·si·tion

 (ŏp′ə-zĭsh′ən)
n.
1.
a. The act of opposing or resisting.
b. The condition of being in conflict; antagonism: "The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself" (Virginia Woolf).
2. Placement opposite to or in contrast with another.
3. Something that serves as an obstacle.
4. often Opposition A political party or an organized group opposed to the group, party, or government in power.
5. Astronomy
a. The position of two celestial objects when their longitude differs by 180°, especially a configuration in which the sun and a superior planet or the moon are on opposite sides of Earth.
b. The position of the superior planet or the moon in this configuration.
6. Logic The relation existing between two propositions having an identical subject and predicate but differing in quantity, quality, or both.
7. Linguistics Contrast in a language between two phonemes or other linguistically important elements.

op′po·si′tion·al adj.

opposition

(ˌɒpəˈzɪʃən)
n
1. the act of opposing or the state of being opposed
2. hostility, unfriendliness, or antagonism
3. a person or group antagonistic or opposite in aims to another
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy)
a. the opposition a political party or group opposed to the ruling party or government
b. (capital as part of a name, esp in Britain and other Commonwealth countries): Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition.
c. in opposition (of a political party) opposing the government
5. a position facing or opposite another
6. the act of placing something facing or opposite something else
7. something that acts as an obstacle to some course or progress
8. (Astronomy) astronomy
a. the position of an outer planet or the moon when it is in line or nearly in line with the earth as seen from the sun and is approximately at its nearest to the earth
b. the position of two celestial bodies when they appear to be diametrically opposite each other on the celestial sphere. Compare conjunction4
9. (Astrology) astrology an exact aspect of 180° between two planets, etc, an orb of 8° being allowed. See conjunction5, square10, trine1
10. (Logic) logic
a. the relation between propositions having the same subject and predicate but differing in quality, quantity, or both, as with all men are wicked; no men are wicked; some men are not wicked
b. square of opposition a diagram representing these relations with the contradictory propositions at diagonally opposite corners
11. (Chess & Draughts) the opposition chess a relative position of the kings in the endgame such that the player who has the move is at a disadvantage: his opponent has the opposition.
ˌoppoˈsitional adj
ˌoppoˈsitionist n
ˌoppoˈsitionless adj

op•po•si•tion

(ˌɒp əˈzɪʃ ən)

n.
1. the action of opposing, resisting, or combating.
2. antagonism or hostility.
3. a person or group of people opposing, criticizing, or protesting something, someone, or another group.
4. (sometimes cap.) the major political party opposed to the party in power and seeking to replace it.
5. the act of placing opposite, or the state or position of being placed opposite.
6. the act of opposing, or the state of being opposed by way of comparison or contrast.
7. the relation between two propositions in logic that have the same subject and predicate, but which differ in quantity or quality, or in both.
8. the situation of two heavenly bodies when their longitudes or right ascensions differ by 180°: The moon is in opposition to the sun when the earth is directly between them.
9. the relationship between two alternative units within a linguistic system.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Old French < Latin]
op`po•si′tion•al, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.opposition - the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree withopposition - the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with; "he encountered a general feeling of resistance from many citizens"; "despite opposition from the newspapers he went ahead"
action - something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"
lockout - a management action resisting employee's demands; employees are barred from entering the workplace until they agree to terms
reaction - doing something in opposition to another way of doing it that you don't like; "his style of painting was a reaction against cubism"
anti-takeover defense - resistance to or defense against a hostile takeover
2.opposition - the relation between opposed entities
relation - an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
antipode - direct opposite; "quiet: an antipode to focused busyness"
antithesis - exact opposite; "his theory is the antithesis of mine"
conflict - opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot); "this form of conflict is essential to Mann's writing"
contrast, direct contrast - the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared; "in contrast to", "by contrast"
flip side - a different aspect of something (especially the opposite aspect); "the flip side of your positive qualities sometimes get out of control"; "on the flip side of partnerships he talked about their competition"
mutual opposition, polarity - a relation between two opposite attributes or tendencies; "he viewed it as a balanced polarity between good and evil"
gradable opposition - an opposition that is capable of being graded
polarity, sign - having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges); "he got the polarity of the battery reversed"; "charges of opposite sign"
ungradable opposition - an opposition that has no intermediate grade; either one or the other
contradictoriness - the relation that exists when opposites cannot coexist
contradiction - opposition between two conflicting forces or ideas
contrary - exact opposition; "public opinion to the contrary he is not guilty"
contrariety - the relation between contraries
tertium quid - some third thing similar to two opposites but distinct from both
contrary, reverse, opposite - a relation of direct opposition; "we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true"
inverse, opposite - something inverted in sequence or character or effect; "when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse"
antagonism - the relation between opposing principles or forces or factors; "the inherent antagonism of capitalism and socialism"
3.opposition - the act of hostile groups opposing each other; "the government was not ready for a confrontation with the unions"; "the invaders encountered stiff opposition"
strikebreaking - confrontational activities intended to break up a strike by workers
resistance - group action in opposition to those in power
4.opposition - a contestant that you are matched againstopposition - a contestant that you are matched against
contestant - a person who participates in competitions
5.opposition - a body of people united in opposing something
body - a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity; "the whole body filed out of the auditorium"; "the student body"; "administrative body"
INC, Iraqi National Congress - a heterogeneous collection of groups united in their opposition to Saddam Hussein's government of Iraq; formed in 1992 it is comprised of Sunni and Shiite Arabs and Kurds who hope to build a new government
6.opposition - a direction opposite to another
direction - the spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves; "he checked the direction and velocity of the wind"
orthogonal opposition, orthogonality, perpendicularity - the relation of opposition between things at right angles
antipodal, antipodal opposition, diametrical opposition - the relation of opposition along a diameter
enantiomorphism, mirror-image relation - the relation of opposition between crystals or molecules that are reflections of one another
7.opposition - an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force)opposition - an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force); "a soldier must be prepared to kill his enemies"
enemy - an opposing military force; "the enemy attacked at dawn"
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
adversary, antagonist, opposer, resister, opponent - someone who offers opposition
besieger - an enemy who lays siege to your position
8.Opposition - the major political party opposed to the party in office and prepared to replace it if elected; "Her Majesty's loyal opposition"
party, political party - an organization to gain political power; "in 1992 Perot tried to organize a third party at the national level"

opposition

noun
2. opponent(s), competition, rival(s), enemy, competitor(s), other side, challenger(s), foe, contestant(s), antagonist(s) The team inflicted a crushing defeat on the opposition.

opposition

noun
1. The act of resisting:
3. One that opposes another in a battle, contest, controversy, or debate:
Translations
المُقاومون، المُعارِضونمُعارَضَةٌمُقاوَمَه، مُعارَضَه
opozice
oppositionmodstandmodstander
oppositiovastapuolivastustajavastustus
otpor
ellenzékellenzés
andstæîingarandstaîa
反対野党
반대
opozicijapriešinimasispriešininkai
opozīcijapretestībapretinieki
nasprotovanje
opposition
การคัดค้าน
sự chống đối

opposition

[ˌɒpəˈzɪʃən]
A. N
1. (= resistance) → resistencia f, oposición f; (= people opposing) → oposición f (Sport) (= team) → equipo m contrario
to advance a kilometre without oppositionavanzar un kilómetro sin encontrar resistencia
there is a lot of opposition to the new lawhay mucha oposición a la nueva ley
he made his opposition knownindicó su disconformidad
to be in oppositionestar en la oposición
in opposition to (= against) → en contra de; (= unlike) → a diferencia de
to start up a business in opposition to anothermontar un negocio en competencia con otro
to act in opposition to the chairmanobrar en oposición al presidente
2. (Brit) (Pol) the Oppositionlos partidos de la oposición, la oposición
leader of the Oppositionlíder mf de la oposición
the party in oppositionel partido de la oposición
B. CPD [member, party] → de la oposición
the Opposition benches NPLlos escaños de la Oposición, la Oposición

opposition

[ˌɒpəˈzɪʃən]
n
(to idea)opposition f
opposition to sth → opposition à qch
to face opposition → se heurter à une opposition
to face opposition from sb → se heurter à l'opposition de qn
the opposition (SPORT) (= opposing team) → l'équipe adverse, l'équipe opposée
the opposition (British) (in parliament)l'opposition
the leader of the Opposition → le leader de l'opposition
modif [group, benches, mp, leader, party, spokesman] → de l'opposition

opposition

n
(= resistance)Widerstand m, → Opposition f; (= people resisting)Opposition f; to offer opposition to somebody/somethingjdm/einer Sache Widerstand entgegensetzen; to act in opposition to somethingeiner Sache (dat)zuwiderhandeln; to start up a business in opposition to somebodyein Konkurrenzunternehmen zu jdm aufmachen; without oppositionwiderstandslos
(= contrast)Gegensatz m; to be in opposition to somebodyanderer Meinung als jd sein; to be in opposition to somethingim Gegensatz zu etw stehen; he found himself in opposition to the general opinioner sah sich im Widerspruch zur allgemeinen Meinung
(Astron) → Opposition f, → Gegenschein m; planet in oppositionPlanet min Opposition or im Gegenschein
(esp Brit Parl) OppositionOpposition f; the Opposition, Her Majesty’s Oppositiondie Opposition; leader of the OppositionOppositionsführer(in) m(f)
(Sport) → Gegner pl

opposition

[ˌɒpəˈzɪʃn] n
a. (resistance) → opposizione f; (people opposing) → avversari mpl
in opposition to → in contrasto con
b. (Brit) (Pol) the Oppositionl'opposizione f
leader of the Opposition → leader m/f inv dell'opposizione
to be in opposition → essere all'opposizione

opposition

(opəˈziʃən) noun
1. the act of resisting or fighting against by force or argument. There is a lot of opposition to his ideas.
2. the people who are fighting or competing against. In war and business, one should always get to know one's opposition.

opposition

مُعارَضَةٌ opozice opposition Widerstand εναντίωση oposición vastustus opposition otpor opposizione 反対 반대 oppositie motstand opozycja oposição сопротивление opposition การคัดค้าน muhalefet sự chống đối 反对派

op·po·si·tion

n. oposición, objeción.
References in classic literature ?
Now Aunt March possessed in perfection the art of rousing the spirit of opposition in the gentlest people, and enjoyed doing it.
It was because the people made other idols, in opposition, as it were, to Quitzel, that their city or country was destroyed.
Add to this the violent opposition of her father and her sister Margaret to her marriage with a Catholic, and we need seek no further for the motives which led her to accept Monsieur Pontellier.
Three several times did he renew his efforts to proceed, and as often was he met by the same unaccountable opposition, each interruption seeming more savage and threatening than the preceding.
We were busily employed in building this fort, until the fourteenth day of June following, without any farther opposition from the Indians; and having finished the works, I returned to my family, on Clench.
I did write for a while in spite of them; but it DOES exhaust me a good deal--having to be so sly about it, or else meet with heavy opposition.
The partners themselves were uncommunicative; even Whiskey Dick, who since his remarkable social elevation had become less oracular, much to his own astonishment, contributed nothing to the gossip except a suggestion that as the fiery temper of George Kearney brooked no opposition, even from his brother, it was better they should separate before the estrangement became serious.
It was then his daughter's will, in opposition to his own, that the experiment should be fully tried.
Nevertheless, I will enter," answered Hester Prynne; and the bond-servant, perhaps judging from the decision of her air, and the glittering symbol in her bosom, that she was a great lady in the land, offered no opposition.
Grose on her feet, united, as it were, in pained opposition to me.
but the scheme met with no opposition on the part of the other two; they swore they were ready for that, or for any other mad thing, for anything in short but a surrender.
They were a gigantic combination of capital, which had crushed all opposition, and overthrown the laws of the land, and was preying upon the people.