leader of the opposition

noun phrase

: the principal member of the opposition party in a British legislative body who is given the status of a salaried government official and an important role in organizing the business of the house

Examples of leader of the opposition in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the time, in 2008, Netanyahu was the leader of the opposition. Anshel Pfeffer, The Atlantic, 27 Mar. 2024 In 2015, Russia’s former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov, then the most visible leader of the opposition, was gunned down on a Moscow bridge within sight of the Kremlin. Laura Smith-Spark, CNN, 16 Feb. 2024 For women, however, the campaign season has been particularly fraught because of allegations swirling around the most prominent leader of the opposition, Ousmane Sonko. Ayen Deng Bior, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Mar. 2024 The plan for the Camden High Line has already been applauded by lawmakers and conservation groups, including Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London; Keir Starmer, the leader of the opposition Labour Party; and the National Trust. Megan Specia, New York Times, 27 Jan. 2024 Twelve candidates are challenging Maada Bio, 59, in the general election, including the leader of the opposition ‘All People Congress’ (APC) party, Samura Kamara. Stephanie Busari, CNN, 23 June 2023 Aoun largely clinched the nomination two weeks ago when Saad Hariri, the leader of the opposition, a coalition between the Future Movement and other March 14 parties, came out in his support. Paul Salem, Foreign Affairs, 29 Oct. 2016 Alexei Navalny, a political activist whose work as the leader of the opposition movement against Russian president Vladimir Putin led to a central role in the 2022 Oscar-winning documentary Navalny, has reportedly died at age 47 while imprisoned in an Arctic penal colony. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 16 Feb. 2024 The attack comes about three weeks after the Jan. 2 attack on Lee Jae-myung, a prominent South Korean political figure and leader of the opposition party. Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1771, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of leader of the opposition was in 1771

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“Leader of the opposition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leader%20of%20the%20opposition. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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