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champion

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of champion

  1. 1 the person who comes in first in a competition the champion of the national spelling bee Synonyms of champion champ, titleholder, titlist, victor, winner Words Related to champion cochampion, cowinner; placer; finalist, quarterfinalist, semifinalist; medalist (or medallist), prizewinner; megastar, star, superstar; world-beater Near Antonyms of champion loser

  2. 2 a person who actively supports or favors a cause she's the biggest champion of budget reform in the Congress Synonyms of champion advocate, advocator, apostle, backer, booster, exponent, expounder, espouser, friend, gospeler (or gospeller), herald, hierophant, high priest, paladin, promoter, proponent, protagonist, supporter, true believer, tub-thumper, white knightWords Related to champion loyalist, partisan (also partizan), stalwart; adherent, cohort, disciple, follower; interpreter; applauder, cheerleader, encourager, fellow travelerNear Antonyms of champion enemy, foe, rival; belittler, critic, faultfinderAntonyms of champion adversary, antagonist, opponent


champion

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of champion

  1. to promote the interests or cause of he has always championed the protection of abused animals Synonyms of champion advocate, back, support, endorse (also indorse), patronize, plump (for), plunk (for) or plonk (for)Words Related to champion adopt, embrace, espouse; abet, aid, assist, help, prop (up), second, side (with); backstop, bolster, boost, buttress, reinforce (also reenforce); advance, forward, further; plug, preach, talk up; bail out, deliver, rescue, saveNear Antonyms of champion baffle, foil, frustrate, interfere, oppose, sabotage, thwart; desert, disappoint, fail, let down

Synonym Discussion of champion

support, uphold, advocate, back, champion mean to favor actively one that meets opposition. support is least explicit about the nature of the assistance given.
    • supports waterfront development
uphold implies extended support given to something attacked.
    • upheld the legitimacy of the military action
advocate stresses urging or pleading.
    • advocated prison reform
back suggests supporting by lending assistance to one failing or falling.
    • refusing to back the call for sanctions
champion suggests publicly defending one unjustly attacked or too weak to advocate his or her own cause.
    • championed the rights of children


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