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Definition 1: the act of hostile groups opposing each other - [noun denoting act]

Samples where opposition or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the government was not ready for a confrontation with the unions
  • the invaders encountered stiff opposition

Synonyms for opposition in the sense of this definition

(opposition is a kind of ...) group action in opposition to those in power

(... is a kind of opposition ) confrontational activities intended to break up a strike by workers

Definition 2: the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with - [noun denoting act]

Samples where opposition or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he encountered a general feeling of resistance from many citizens
  • despite opposition from the newspapers he went ahead

Synonyms for opposition in the sense of this definition

(opposition is a kind of ...) something done (usually as opposed to something said)

"there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"

(... is a kind of opposition ) a management action resisting employee's demands; employees are barred from entering the workplace until they agree to terms

(... is a kind of opposition ) doing something in opposition to another way of doing it that you don't like

"his style of painting was a reaction against cubism"

(... is a kind of opposition ) resistance to or defense against a hostile takeover

Definition 3: a body of people united in opposing something - [noun denoting group]

(opposition is a kind of ...) a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity

"the whole body filed out of the auditorium" "the student body" "administrative body"

(... is a kind of opposition ) a heterogeneous collection of groups united in their opposition to Saddam Hussein's government of Iraq; formed in 1992 it is comprised of Sunni and Shiite Arabs and Kurds who hope to build a new government

Definition 4: the major political party opposed to the party in office and prepared to replace it if elected - [noun denoting group]

Samples where opposition or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Her Majesty's loyal opposition

(opposition is a kind of ...) an organization to gain political power

"in 1992 Perot tried to organize a third party at the national level"

Definition 5: an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force) - [noun denoting person]

Samples where opposition or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a soldier must be prepared to kill his enemies

Synonyms for opposition in the sense of this definition

(opposition is a kind of ...) someone who offers opposition

(... is a kind of opposition ) an enemy who lays siege to your position

(... is a member of opposition) an opposing military force

"the enemy attacked at dawn"

(opposition belongs to category ...) the military forces of a nation

"their military is the largest in the region" "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

Definition 6: a contestant that you are matched against - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for opposition in the sense of this definition

(opposition is a kind of ...) a person who participates in competitions

Definition 7: a direction opposite to another - [noun denoting linkdef]

(opposition is a kind of ...) the spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves

"he checked the direction and velocity of the wind"

(... is a kind of opposition ) the relation of opposition between things at right angles

(... is a kind of opposition ) the relation of opposition along a diameter

(... is a kind of opposition ) the relation of opposition between crystals or molecules that are reflections of one another

Definition 8: the relation between opposed entities - [noun denoting linkdef]

Synonyms for opposition in the sense of this definition

(opposition is a kind of ...) an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together

(... is a kind of opposition ) something inverted in sequence or character or effect

"when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse"

(... is a kind of opposition ) a relation of direct opposition

"we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true"

(... is a kind of opposition ) some third thing similar to two opposites but distinct from both

(... is a kind of opposition ) the relation between contraries

(... is a kind of opposition ) exact opposition

"public opinion to the contrary he is not guilty"

(... is a kind of opposition ) opposition between two conflicting forces or ideas

(... is a kind of opposition ) the relation that exists when opposites cannot coexist

(... is a kind of opposition ) an opposition that has no intermediate grade; either one or the other

(... is a kind of opposition ) having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges)

"he got the polarity of the battery reversed" "charges of opposite sign"

(... is a kind of opposition ) an opposition that is capable of being graded

(... is a kind of opposition ) a relation between two opposite attributes or tendencies

"he viewed it as a balanced polarity between good and evil"

(... is a kind of opposition ) a different aspect of something (especially the opposite aspect)

"the flip side of your positive qualities sometimes get out of control" "on the flip side of partnerships he talked about their competition"

(... is a kind of opposition ) the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared

"in contrast to" "by contrast"

(... is a kind of opposition ) opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot)

"this form of conflict is essential to Mann's writing"

(... is a kind of opposition ) exact opposite

"his theory is the antithesis of mine"

(... is a kind of opposition ) direct opposite

"quiet: an antipode to focused busyness"

(... is a kind of opposition ) the relation between opposing principles or forces or factors

"the inherent antagonism of capitalism and socialism"

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