op·po·si·tion noun \ˌä-pə-ˈzi-shən\
: actions or opinions that show that you disagree with or disapprove of someone or something
: action that is done to stop or defeat someone or something
the opposition : a person or group that you are trying to defeat or succeed against : a person or group that you are competing with
: a configuration in which one celestial body is opposite another (as the sun) in the sky or in which the elongation is near or equal to 180 degrees
: the relation between two propositions having the same subject and predicate but differing in quantity or quality or both
: an act of setting opposite or over against : the condition of being so set
: hostile or contrary action or condition
a : something that opposes; specifically : a body of persons opposing something
b often capitalized : a political party opposing and prepared to replace the party in power
— op·po·si·tion·al \-ˈzish-nəl, -ˈzi-shə-nəl\ adjective
Examples of OPPOSITION
- They're going ahead with the plans despite strong opposition from residents.
- The nominee faces strong opposition in the Senate.
- The proposed change has met with opposition from the town's business leaders.
- Rebels have so far offered little opposition to advancing troops.
- Each candidate is focused on raising more money than the opposition.
- The coach advised her team not to underestimate the opposition.
- The leader of the Opposition criticized the prime minister for his comments.
First Known Use of OPPOSITION
Rhymes with OPPOSITION
, first edition
, in addition
, in commission
, on commission
, rescue mission
, text edition
, trade edition
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