opponent synonym, opponent definition | Thesaurus

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opponent  

  
adversary, antagonist, challenger, competitor, contestant, disputant, dissentient, enemy, foe, opposer, rival, the opposition  
  
Antonyms     
   accomplice, ally, associate, colleague, friend, helper, mate, supporter  
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opponent  

  ( opponents    plural  )
1       n-count   A politician's opponents are other politicians who belong to a different party or who have different aims or policies.  
usu with poss   (=adversary)  
...Mr Kennedy's opponent in the leadership contest..., He described the detention without trial of political opponents as a cowardly act.     
2       n-count   In a sporting contest, your opponent is the person who is playing against you.  
usu poss N  
Norris twice knocked down his opponent in the early rounds of the fight...     
3       n-count   The opponentsof an idea or policy do not agree with it and do not want it to be carried out.  
usu N of n     (Antonym: supporter)    ...opponents of the spread of nuclear weapons...     

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