- 1 [mass noun] Resistance or dissent, expressed in action or argument: there was considerable opposition to the proposalMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 (often the opposition) A group of opponents, especially in sport, business, or politics: the home team made short work of the oppositionMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2 (the Opposition) British The principal parliamentary party opposed to that in office: the leader of the OppositionMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.3 Astronomy & Astrology The apparent position of two celestial objects that are directly opposite each other in the sky, especially the position of a planet when opposite the sun.More example sentences
- 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.
- 2A contrast or antithesis: a nature-culture opposition [mass noun]: the opposition between practical and poetic languageMore example sentences
- 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.
- In contrast or conflict: they found themselves in opposition to state 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.
- (Of a major political party) not forming the government: the objectives of the party while in oppositionMore example sentences
- Labour-type parties that are in opposition in Europe are trying to gain from the revolt against neo-liberalism.
- Of course, a government may claim that a problem is never exactly the same as it appeared when it was a party in opposition.
- What might be the legacies of three terms of a New Labour government and what would be the direction of the Labour Party in opposition?
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- How can we use our oppositional content to counter and shape that of the national media?
- The point, by contrast, is to assume an appropriate oppositional stance, and to feel good about oneself.
- Teenagers can be oppositional and negative when depressed.
late Middle English: from Latin oppositio(n-), from opponere 'set against'.