Definition of adversary in English:


Syllabification: ad·ver·sar·y
Pronunciation: /ˈadvərˌserē

noun (plural adversaries)


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  • another term for adversarial. the confrontations of adversary politics
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    • 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).

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