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1    the act of opposing or the state of being opposed  
2    hostility, unfriendliness, or antagonism  
3    a person or group antagonistic or opposite in aims to another  
a    usually preceded by: the   a political party or group opposed to the ruling party or government  
b    (cap. as part of a name, esp. in Britain and other Commonwealth countries)  
Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition     
c    in opposition   (of a political party) opposing the government  
5    a position facing or opposite another  
6    the act of placing something facing or opposite something else  
7    something that acts as an obstacle to some course or progress  
8      (Astronomy)  
a    the position of an outer planet or the moon when it is in line or nearly in line with the earth as seen from the sun and is approximately at its nearest to the earth  
b    the position of two celestial bodies when they appear to be diametrically opposite each other on the celestial sphere  
9      (Astrology)   an exact aspect of 180° between two planets, etc., an orb of 8° being allowed  
   Compare       conjunction       5       square       10       trine       1  
10      (Logic)  
a    the relation between propositions having the same subject and predicate but differing in quality, quantity, or both, as with all men are wicked; no men are wicked; some men are not wicked  
b    square of opposition   a diagram representing these relations with the contradictory propositions at diagonally opposite corners  
11    the opposition     (Chess)   a relative position of the kings in the endgame such that the player who has the move is at a disadvantage  
his opponent has the opposition     
  oppositional      adj  
  oppositionist      n  
  oppositionless      adj  

square of opposition  
      n      See       opposition       10b  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    antagonism, competition, contrariety, counteraction, disapproval, hostility, obstruction, obstructiveness, prevention, resistance, unfriendliness  
2    antagonist, competition, foe, opponent, other side, rival  
1    agreement, approval, assent, collaboration, concurrence, cooperation, correspondence, friendliness, responsiveness  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
Opposition to the disestablishment of the Church of England i.e.the English branch of the Western Christian Church, which combines Catholic and Protestant traditions, rejects the Pope’s authority, and has the monarch as its titular head
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