Thesaurus

oppose

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of oppose

  1. 1 to refuse to give in to I will continue to oppose any attempts to infringe upon our civil liberties Synonyms of oppose buck, defy, fight, resist, repel, withstandWords Related to oppose battle, combat, contend (with); challenge, contest, contradict, dispute; baffle, balk, foil, frustrate, thwart; check, counter, hinder, obstruct, stemAntonyms of oppose bow (to), capitulate (to), give in (to), knuckle under (to), stoop (to), submit (to), succumb (to), surrender (to), yield (to)

  2. 2 to strive to reduce or eliminate we must oppose ignorance and prejudice wherever and whenever they arise Synonyms of oppose battle, combat, contend (with), counter, fight, oppugnWords Related to oppose baffle, checkmate, foil, frustrate, resist, thwart, withstand; confront, defy, face, meetNear Antonyms of oppose abide, bear, endure, suffer; advocate, back, champion, endorse (also indorse), support, upholdAntonyms of oppose advance, cultivate, encourage, forward, foster, further, nourish, nurture, promote

Synonym Discussion of oppose

oppose, combat, resist, withstand mean to set oneself against someone or something. oppose can apply to any conflict, from mere objection to bitter hostility or warfare.
    • opposed the plan
combat stresses the forceful or urgent countering of something.
    • combat disease
resist implies an overt recognition of a hostile or threatening force and a positive effort to counteract or repel it.
    • resisting temptation
withstand suggests a more passive resistance.
    • trying to withstand peer pressure


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