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opponent

An opponent is your competition, whether it's a rival hockey team, or the other finalist in the chess tournament. Coaches tell you to never underestimate your opponent.

Someone who competes or fights against you is your opponent. If you're arguing that chocolate ice cream is better than vanilla, the vanilla ice cream fan is your opponent. An opponent can also be someone who opposes, like an opponent of gun control laws. The Latin word opponent means setting against, and it was first used in English to describe the person who would begin a certain type of philosophical debate.

Definitions of opponent
  1. noun
    someone who offers opposition
    synonyms: adversary, antagonist, opposer, resister
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    Antonyms:
    agonist
    someone involved in a contest or battle (as in an agon)
    examples:
    Antichrist
    (Christianity) the adversary of Christ (or Christianity) mentioned in the New Testament; the Antichrist will rule the world until overthrown by the Second Coming of Christ
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    dueler, duelist, dueller, duellist
    a person who fights duels
    enemy, foe, foeman, opposition
    an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force)
    Luddite
    any opponent of technological progress
    withstander
    an opponent who resists with force or resolution
    besieger
    an enemy who lays siege to your position
    type of:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
  2. noun
    a contestant that you are matched against
    synonyms: opposite, opposition
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    type of:
    contestant
    a person who participates in competitions
  3. adjective
    characterized by active hostility
    opponent (or opposing) armies”
    synonyms: opposing
    hostile
    characterized by enmity or ill will
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