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adversary Line breaks: ad¦ver|sary
Pronunciation: /ˈadvəs(ə)ri/

Definition of adversary in English:

noun (plural adversaries)

One’s opponent in a contest, conflict, or dispute: Davis beat his old adversary in the quarter-finals
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  • 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.
opponent, rival, enemy, foe, nemesis, antagonist, combatant, challenger, contender, competitor, opposer, fellow contestant;
opposition, competition
rare corrival


Pronunciation: /ˈadvəs(ə)ri/
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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).

Words that rhyme with adversary

compulsory • vavasory
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