1Resistance or dissent, expressed in action or argument: there was considerable opposition to the proposal the regime cracked down against the threat of opposition
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- For some, it appeared to breed a resistance or opposition to program authorities, which they later regretted.
- Your argument to justify your opposition to the peace talks is puerile.
- Your argument seems to conflate opposition to the war with opposition to a ‘unilateral’ war.
resistance, hostility, antagonism, enmity, antipathy, objection, dissent, disapproval, criticism, demurral;
defiance, noncompliance, obstruction
1.1 (often the opposition) A group of adversaries or competitors, especially a rival political party or athletic team.
- In any event, it is not the coach's business to let the opposition know beforehand the team's weaknesses in any area.
- It was supported by the government, opposition, big businesses and trade unions.
- Such a development inevitably comes up against the restraints of the profit system and meets with the opposition of big business.
opponents, opposing side, other side, other team, competition, opposers, rivals, adversaries;
1.2 (the opposition) The principal political party opposed to the one in office.
- The Opposition had sent the Bill back to the Commons four times in an unprecedentedly bitter conflict.
- The Opposition is demanding that the government stop spinning the issue and clarify its position.
- The Opposition must then have policies which, in the eyes of the electorate, are relevant to the day.
1.3A contrast or antithesis: a nature-culture opposition
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- Likewise Tomu came to think of a film's plot in terms of a series of oppositions or conflicts.
- These two oppositions generate four basic strands of modern thought.
- Our western predilection of talking in terms of binary oppositions finds an array of contrasts to play with in Wuthering Heights.
conflict, clash, disparity, antithesis, polarity
1.5 Astronomy & Astrology The apparent position of two celestial objects that are directly opposite each other in the sky, especially when a superior planet is opposite the sun.
- An eclipse occurs only if the Moon crosses the ecliptic when very close to either conjunction or opposition, respectively producing solar and lunar eclipses.
- The other half of the Grand Cross is the opposition of Mars in Scorpio and Saturn in Taurus.
- At opposition, a planet also comes closest to earth and shines at its brightest for the year.
- In contrast or conflict: they found themselves in opposition to federal policyMore example sentences
- In fact, wisdom and faith are not really in opposition to one another.
- You put yourself in opposition to a number of Republicans, as well, on immigration.
- He will never start a movement in opposition to those he condemns, because that would be sticking his neck out.
Late Middle English: from Latin oppositio(n-), from opponere 'set against'.
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