opponent

opponent
op|po|nent
W3 [əˈpəunənt US əˈpou-] n
[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: , present participle of opponere; OPPOSE]
1.) someone who you try to defeat in a competition, game, fight, or argument
Graf's opponent in today's final will be Sukova.
leading/main/chief opponent
During the primary elections, McCain was Bush's leading opponent.
formidable/worthy opponent
In debate he was a formidable opponent.
He is admired even by his political opponents .
2.) someone who disagrees with a plan, idea, or system and wants to try to stop or change it
opponent of
Rodgers was not an opponent of the new airport.
bitter/vocal/outspoken opponent
an outspoken opponent of gun control

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • opponent — [ə pō′nənt] n. [< L opponens, prp. of opponere < ob (see OB ) + ponere, to place: see POSITION] a person who opposes; person against one in a fight, game, debate, argument, etc.; adversary adj. 1. Rare opposite, as in position 2. opposing;… …   English World dictionary

  • Opponent — Op*po nent, n. 1. One who opposes; an adversary; an antagonist; a foe. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. One who opposes in a disputation, argument, or other verbal controversy; specifically, one who attacks some thesis or proposition, in distinction… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Opponent — (lat. opponere: entgegensetzen, einwenden) ist die Bezeichnung für einen Argumentationsgegner. Der Ausdruck wird in einem Promotionsverfahren und in der Dialogischen Logik verwendet. Gutachter im Promotionsverfahren Bei einer Promotion hatte oder …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • opponent — opponent, antagonist, adversary all denote one who expresses or manifests opposition. Unlike enemy they do not necessarily imply personal animosity or hostility. An opponent is one who is on the opposite side in a contest (as an argument,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Opponént — (lat.), bei einer Disputation Gegner des Disputanten; opponieren, widersprechen …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • opponent — I noun adversarius, adversary, adverse party, challenger, combatant, contender, cornval, disputant, one who opposes, opposer, opposing litigant, opposing party, opposite, opposite side, opposition, other side II index adversary, contender, cont …   Law dictionary

  • opponent — (n.) 1580s, from L. opponentem (nom. opponens), prp. of opponere oppose, object to, set against, from ob against (see OB (Cf. ob )) + ponere to put, set, place (see POSITION (Cf. position)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • opponent — [n] person with whom one competes adversary, antagonist, anti*, aspirant, assailant, bandit*, bidder, candidate, challenger, competitor, con, contestant, counteragent, dark horse*, disputant, dissentient, enemy, entrant, foe, litigant, match,… …   New thesaurus

  • opponent — ► NOUN 1) a person who competes with or fights another in a contest, game, or argument. 2) a person who disagrees with or resists a proposal or practice. ORIGIN from Latin opponere set against …   English terms dictionary

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