opponents

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[Op*po┬Ěnent]

An opponent is your competition, whether it's a rival hockey team, or the other finalist in the chess tournament. Coaches tell you to never underestimate your opponent.

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Situated in front; opposite; hence, opposing; adverse; antagonistic.

Noun
someone who offers opposition

Noun
a contestant that you are matched against

Adjective S.
characterized by active hostility; "opponent (or opposing) armies"


a.
Situated in front; opposite; hence, opposing; adverse; antagonistic.

n.
One who opposes; an adversary; an antagonist; a foe.

n.
One who opposes in a disputation, argument, or other verbal controversy; specifically, one who attacks some theirs or proposition, in distinction from the respondent, or defendant, who maintains it.


Opponent

Op*po"nent , a. [L. opponens, -entis, p.pr. of opponere to set or place against, to oppose; ob (see Ob-) + ponere to place. See Position.] Situated in front; opposite; hence, opposing; adverse; antagonistic. Pope.

Opponent

Op*po"nent, n. 1. One who opposes; an adversary; an antagonist; a foe. Macaulay. 2. One who opposes in a disputation, argument, or other verbal controversy; specifically, one who attacks some theirs or proposition, in distinction from the respondent, or defendant, who maintains it.
How becomingly does Philopolis exercise his office, and seasonably commit the opponent with the respondent, like a long-practiced moderator!
Syn. -- Antagonist; opposer; foe. See Adversary.

Situated in front; opposite; hence, opposing; adverse; antagonistic.

One who opposes; an adversary; an antagonist; a foe.

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Usage Examples

The development of beauty in chess never depends on you alone. No matter how much imagination and creativity you invest, you still do not create beauty. Your opponent must react at the same highest level.

To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace.

In tennis, it is not the opponent you fear, it is the failure itself, knowing how near you were but just out of reach.

Every dictator is an enemy of freedom, an opponent of law.

If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.

A lot of people, because of my contempt for the false consolations of religion, think of me as a symbolic public opponent of that in extremis. And sometimes that makes me feel a bit alarmed, to be the repository of other people's hope.

I think what's dangerous about being an actor who does action movies is you think, 'Well, I can totally handle myself now.' But if my opponent didn't know the other half of the routine, I don't know how well I'd do.

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Other Usage Examples

The art of politics consists in knowing precisely when it is necessary to hit an opponent slightly below the belt.

Attacks on a politician's identity - questioning Romney's religion, say, or Obama's birthplace - tend to come when an opponent is desperate and can't sell himself.

Arsenal have won that advantage, nobody gave it to them. By playing fantastic football and by winning matches and by winning trophies, they won that respect that the opponent has for them.

Science rests on reason and experiment, and can meet an opponent with calmness but a belief is always sensitive.

The opponents and I are really one. My strength and skills only half of the equation. The other half is theirs. An opponent is someone whose strength joined to yours creates a certain result.

And it sends an important message to me, because I am sick to death to hear my opponent saying Republicans don't trust me. They do trust me, in landslide proportions, and they're proving it tonight. We're going to bury that for good.

The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one's opponent.

I am an opponent of Saddam Hussein, but an opponent also, of the sanctions that have killed a million Iraqi children and an opponent of the United States' apparent desire to plunge the Middle East into a new and devastating war.

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