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adversary

a person, group, or force that opposes or attacks; opponent; enemy; foe; one who is an opponent in a contest; a contestant; one who fights determinedly and relentlessly: He was a worthy adversary.
Not to be confused with:
adversity – catastrophe, disaster; trouble, misery; adverse fortune or fate; a condition marked by misfortune: In times of adversity, she crumbles.
antagonist – a person who opposes another, often in a hostile manner: The man was his antagonist in a duel.; an enemy, foe; the adversary of the hero or protagonist in a literary work
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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.]
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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]
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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.
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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
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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"
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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)
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adversary

noun
One that opposes another in a battle, contest, controversy, or debate:
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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
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adversary

[ˈædvərsəri] nadversaire mf
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adversary

nWidersacher(in) m(f); (in contest) → Gegner(in) m(f)
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adversary

[ˈædvəsrɪ] navversario/a, antagonista m/f
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adversary

(ˈӕdvəsəri) plural ˈadversaries noun
an opponent; an enemy. his adversary in the chess match.
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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
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