Synonyms & Antonyms of champion

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1 the person who comes in first in a competition
  • the champion of the national spelling bee

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2 a person who actively supports or favors a cause
  • she's the biggest champion of budget reform in the Congress

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Synonyms & Antonyms of champion (Entry 2 of 2)

to promote the interests or cause of
  • he has always championed the protection of abused animals

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How is the word champion different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of champion are advocate, back, support, and uphold. While all these words mean "to favor actively one that meets opposition," champion suggests publicly defending one unjustly attacked or too weak to advocate his or her own cause.

championed the rights of children

When can advocate be used instead of champion?

The words advocate and champion can be used in similar contexts, but advocate stresses urging or pleading.

advocated prison reform

When might back be a better fit than champion?

Although the words back and champion have much in common, back suggests supporting by lending assistance to one failing or falling.

refusing to back the call for sanctions

When could support be used to replace champion?

In some situations, the words support and champion are roughly equivalent. However, support is least explicit about the nature of the assistance given.

supports waterfront development

Where would uphold be a reasonable alternative to champion?

While the synonyms uphold and champion are close in meaning, uphold implies extended support given to something attacked.

upheld the legitimacy of the military action

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The first known use of champion was in the 13th century

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“Champion.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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