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
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n someone who offers opposition

Synonyms:
adversary, antagonist, opposer, resister
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
Types:
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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

n a contestant that you are matched against

Synonyms:
opposite, opposition
Type of:
contestant
a person who participates in competitions

adj characterized by active hostility

opponent (or opposing) armies”
Synonyms:
opposing
hostile
characterized by enmity or ill will

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