Definition of opponent in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈpəʊnənt/


1Someone who competes with or opposes another in a contest, game, or argument: he beat his Republican 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, other competitor/contestant/player/candidate, enemy, foe, antagonist, combatant, contender, challenger, critic, dissenter, disputant, objector
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, dissident, dissenter, rejectionist





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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