Definition of opponent in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈpōnənt/


1Someone who competes against or fights another in a contest, game, or argument; a rival or adversary: he beat his opponent by a landslide margin
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  • In both contests Webb stopped his opponents in the first round with an awesome display of punching.
  • If successful, the bidders win the whole game; if not their opponents win the game.
  • Then they allowed their opponents back into the game to snatch victory with two late goals.
rival, adversary, opposer, (the) opposition, fellow contestant, (fellow) competitor, enemy, antagonist, combatant, contender, challenger
literary foe
1.1A person who disagrees with or resists a proposal or practice: an opponent of the economic reforms
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  • Most importantly he was a vigorous opponent of giving the Bank of England independence.
  • An ardent opponent of war, he made a packet from investing in military supplies.
  • It is more accurate to say he was an opponent of the regime.
opposer, objector, dissenter, dissident


Late 16th century (denoting a person opening an academic debate by proposing objections to a philosophical or religious thesis): from Latin opponent- 'setting against', from the verb opponere, from ob- 'against' + ponere 'place'.

Words that rhyme with opponent

component, deponent, exponent, proponent

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Syllabification: op·po·nent

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