against·​er | \ əˈgen(t)-stər How to pronounce againster (audio) , -ˈgin(t)-, -ˈgān(t)-\
plural againsters

Definition of againster

: a person who frequently or habitually expresses opposition to the ideas or policies of others Gerry Ford has always been an “againster.” That was the duty of the Republican leadership in the House—never to propose, always to oppose.— Thomas P. “Tip” O'Neill, quoted in The (Dubuque, Iowa) Telegraph Herald, 11 Jan. 1976

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First Known Use of againster

1919, in the meaning defined above

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against entry 1 + -er entry 2

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