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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 ?
Of the opponents, though, they knew little or nothing, and now as the two sides took their places upon the black and orange squares of the great jetan board Gahan obtained, for the first time, a close view of those who opposed him.
And if we are able thus to attack an inferior force with a superior one, our opponents will be in dire straits.
These were called Horizontalists, their opponents, Verticalists.
They all seemed to tell; the swords always bent over the opponents' heads, from the forehead back over the crown, and seemed to touch, all the way; but it was not so--a protecting blade, invisible to me, was always interposed between.
Where is the party in opposition that has not been decried as Communistic by its opponents in power?
Instead of using an opera- glass they view the acts of their opponents with ME!"
They said that undoubtedly war, particularly against such a genius as Bonaparte (they called him Bonaparte now), needs most deeply devised plans and profound scientific knowledge and in that respect Pfuel was a genius, but at the same time it had to be acknowledged that the theorists are often one sided, and therefore one should not trust them absolutely, but should also listen to what Pfuel's opponents and practical men of experience in warfare had to say, and then choose a middle course.
I claim, then, the right to choose my opponent. If you refuse this right you may kill me, but I shall not fight."
The crowd groaned its apprehension, while Joe quickly locked his opponent's arms to prevent a repetition of the blow.
He was greeting his opponent with the fondness of a brother.
(His very nickname, "Scratch," arose from a Berserker trick of his, in fighting, of tearing off his opponent's face.) And that I had won his friendship, all thanks were due to John Barleycorn.
His opponent budged not an inch, but laughed loudly.