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English noun: opposition

1. opposition (act) the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with

SamplesHe encountered a general feeling of resistance from many citizens.
Despite opposition from the newspapers he went ahead.


Broader (hypernym)action

Narrower (hyponym)anti-takeover defense, lockout, reaction

2. opposition the relation between opposed entities


Broader (hypernym)relation

Narrower (hyponym)antagonism, antipode, antithesis, conflict, contradiction, contradictoriness, contrariety, contrary, contrary, contrast, direct contrast, flip side, gradable opposition, inverse, mutual opposition, opposite, opposite, polarity, polarity, reverse, sign, tertium quid, ungradable opposition

3. opposition (act) the act of hostile groups opposing each other

SamplesThe government was not ready for a confrontation with the unions.
The invaders encountered stiff opposition.


Broader (hypernym)resistance

Narrower (hyponym)strikebreaking

4. opposition (person) a contestant that you are matched against

Synonymsopponent, opposite

Broader (hypernym)contestant

5. opposition (group) a body of people united in opposing something

Broader (hypernym)body

Narrower (hyponym)INC, Iraqi National Congress

6. opposition a direction opposite to another

Broader (hypernym)direction

Narrower (hyponym)antipodal, antipodal opposition, diametrical opposition, enantiomorphism, mirror-image relation, orthogonal opposition, orthogonality, perpendicularity

7. opposition (person) an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force)

SamplesA soldier must be prepared to kill his enemies.

Synonymsenemy, foe, foeman

Broader (hypernym)adversary, antagonist, opponent, opposer, resister

Narrower (hyponym)besieger

Member meronymenemy

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

8. Opposition (group) the major political party opposed to the party in office and prepared to replace it if elected

SamplesHer Majesty's loyal opposition.

Broader (hypernym)party, political party

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