noun (plural adversaries)
- 1One’s opponent in a contest, conflict, or dispute: Davis beat his old adversary in the quarterfinalsMore example sentences
- He was a vigorous adversary to opponents, but he was also a very fair and honest man.
- I believe he would prove to be a formidable adversary.
- Once there, he expects to be coming up against an old adversary.
- 1.1 (the Adversary) The Devil.More example sentences
- Fasting combined with prayer is a powerful weapon against our adversary, the devil.
- Speakers in Irish folklore conventionally refer to the devil as The Adversary.
- Just what does this verse tell us about the fate of the Adversary?
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- another term for adversarial. the confrontations of adversary politicsMore example sentences
- Winner-take-all electoral systems and adversary politics result in truth being irrelevant.
- Amendments to the Criminal Procedure law in 1996 introduced adversary elements to the fact-finding process in criminal trials.
- You are not judges now, but advocates under this adversary system we have been discussing.
Middle English: from Old French adversarie, from Latin adversarius 'opposed, opponent', from adversus (see adverse).