noun ad·ver·sary \ˈad-və(r)-ˌser-ē, -ˌse-rē\

: an enemy or opponent

plural ad·ver·sar·ies

Full Definition of ADVERSARY

:  one that contends with, opposes, or resists :  enemy
ad·ver·sari·ness noun

Examples of ADVERSARY

  1. His political adversaries tried to prevent him from winning the nomination.
  2. <our old cat seemed to consider the new kitten an adversary>
  3. He's a very smart criminal who pushes emotional buttons to get what he wants. He's quite a worthy adversary for Mac and the team. —TV Guide, 2-8 June 2008


(see adverse)
First Known Use: 14th century

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adjective ad·ver·sary \ˈad-və(r)-ˌser-ē, -ˌse-rē\

Definition of ADVERSARY

:  of, relating to, or involving an enemy or adversary
:  having or involving antagonistic parties or opposing interests <divorce can be an adversary proceeding>

Examples of ADVERSARY

  1. <there was a long history of adversary dealings between the two nations>
  2. The quest for air superiority would come to include strikes on adversary airfields, but only as part of a larger effort also involving such staples as defensive fighter interception, offensive air sweeps, and escort missions with bombers designed to draw enemy fighters into battle. —John Prados, MHQ : The Quarterly Journal of Military History, Spring 1996


(see adverse)
First Known Use: 14th century
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noun ad·ver·sary \ˈad-vər-ˌser-ē\
plural ad·ver·sar·ies

Definition of ADVERSARY for Kids


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