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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

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.]

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]

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.

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
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"

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)

adversary

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

adversary

[ˈædvərsəri] nadversaire mf

adversary

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

adversary

[ˈædvəsrɪ] navversario/a, antagonista m/f

adversary

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

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
References in classic literature ?
He went therefore to his appointment with Athos without a second, determined to be satisfied with those his adversary should choose.
de Treville's surgeon, was seated on a post and waiting for his adversary with hat in hand, his feather even touching the ground.
He promptly sent for the Adversary of Souls and demanded his freedom, explaining that he was entirely orthodox, and had always led a pious and holy life.
The first is, to gain over my adversary's lawyer with a double fee, who will then betray his client by insinuating that he hath justice on his side.
With regard to precipitous heights, if you are beforehand with your adversary, you should occupy the raised and sunny spots, and there wait for him to come up.
Many knights, who had not sufficient confidence in their own skill to defy a single adversary of high reputation, were, nevertheless, desirous of displaying their valour in the general combat, where they might meet others with whom they were more upon an equality.
He now determined not to begin the game with D'Artagnan till he knew completely all his adversary's cards.
During the day I was pitted against first men and then beasts, but as I was armed with a long-sword and always outclassed my adversary in agility and generally in strength as well, it proved but child's play to me.
Fix got up in a somewhat rumpled condition, and, looking at his adversary, coldly said, "Have you done?"
Thus the war went on for several days, when Florida endeavored to draw her adversary away on to fresh ground; and one morning the Times hinted that, the enterprise being essentially American, it ought not to be attempted upon other than purely American territory.
The adversary waited a while, with his shoulders still lifted, his head thrust down between them, and his keen bright eye fixed on me; then he threw out two or three more insults, which I could not understand, further than that I knew a portion of them consisted of language not used in church.
De Wardes flew upon Raoul with such impetuosity, that at the first clashing of the steel blades Buckingham clearly saw that Raoul was only trifling with his adversary. Buckingham stepped aside, and watched the combat.