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Webster 1913 Edition


Opponent

Op-po′nent

,
Adj.
[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.

Op-po′nent

,
Noun.
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 thesis 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!
Dr. H. More.
Syn. – Antagonist; opposer; foe. See
Adversary
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Opponent

OPPO'NENT

,
Adj.
[L. opponens, oppono; ob and pono, to set, put or lay, that is, to thrust against; Heb. to build, that is, to set, to found, L. fundo.] That opposes; opposite; adverse.

OPPO'NENT

,
Noun.
One that opposes; particularly, one that opposes in controversy, disputation or argument. It is sometimes applied to the person that begins a dispute by raising objections to a tenet or doctrine, and is correlative to defendant or respondent. In common usage, however, it is applicable to either party in a controversy, denoting any person who opposes another or his cause. Opponent may sometimes be used for adversary, and for antagonist, but not with strict propriety, as the word does not necessarily imply enmity nor bodily strife. Nor is it well used in the sense of rival or competitor.

Definition 2022


opponent

opponent

English

Noun

opponent (plural opponents)

  1. An individual or group who is a rival of another.
  2. One who attempts to stop the progression of.
  3. One who objects to.
  4. In team sports, a player of an opposite team.

Antonyms

Translations

Adjective

opponent (comparative more opponent, superlative most opponent)

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

Verb

oppōnent

  1. third-person plural future active indicative of oppōnō