Also found in: Thesaurus.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.withstander - an opponent who resists with force or resolution; "obstinate withstanders of innovation"
adversary, antagonist, opposer, resister, opponent - someone who offers opposition
2.withstander - a fighter who holds out against attack
battler, belligerent, combatant, fighter, scrapper - someone who fights (or is fighting)
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
(74) Andrew Foster, the modern biographer of Archbishop Richard Neile of York, draws points such as these together, quoting a contemporary opinion that bishops were 'intolerable withstanders of reformation' and arguing that the imperatives of the Reformation and the reformers conflicted with the authority and the status of the bishops.