opposition

Opposition is something that goes against or disagrees with something or someone else. Just about any political view has opposition.

Chances are you know the word opposite: this means something similar. The opposition to something goes in the opposite direction. There is always opposition to raising taxes in this county. The Republicans are the opposition of the Democrats (and vice versa). If you're holding a meeting, you could say, "Is there any opposition to this idea?" In war, the enemy is the opposition, and in a debate, the other speaker is the opposition. Whenever there's disagreement or confrontation, there's opposition.

Definitions of opposition
  1. noun
    the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with
    “despite opposition from the newspapers he went ahead”
    synonyms: resistance
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    lockout
    a management action resisting employee's demands; employees are barred from entering the workplace until they agree to terms
    reaction
    doing something in opposition to another way of doing it that you don't like
    anti-takeover defense
    resistance to or defense against a hostile takeover
    backlash
    an adverse reaction to some political or social occurrence
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    action
    something done (usually as opposed to something said)
  2. noun
    the act of hostile groups opposing each other
    “the invaders encountered stiff opposition
    synonyms: confrontation
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    strikebreaking
    confrontational activities intended to break up a strike by workers
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    resistance
    group action in opposition to those in power
  3. noun
    the relation between opposed entities
    synonyms: oppositeness
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    antipode
    direct opposite
    antithesis
    exact opposite
    conflict
    opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot)
    contrast, direct contrast
    the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared
    flip side
    a different aspect of something (especially the opposite aspect)
    mutual opposition, polarity
    a relation between two opposite attributes or tendencies
    gradable opposition
    an opposition that is capable of being graded
    polarity, sign
    having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges)
    ungradable opposition
    an opposition that has no intermediate grade; either one or the other
    contradictoriness
    the relation that exists when opposites cannot coexist
    contradiction
    opposition between two conflicting forces or ideas
    contrary
    exact opposition
    contrariety
    the relation between contraries
    tertium quid
    some third thing similar to two opposites but distinct from both
    contrary, opposite, reverse
    a relation of direct opposition
    inverse, opposite
    something inverted in sequence or character or effect
    antagonism
    the relation between opposing principles or forces or factors
    additive inverse
    (mathematics) one of a pair of numbers whose sum is zero; the additive inverse of -5 is +5
    multiplicative inverse, reciprocal
    (mathematics) one of a pair of numbers whose product is 1: the reciprocal of 2/3 is 3/2; the multiplicative inverse of 7 is 1/7
    polar opposition
    an opposition that can be graded between two extremes or poles
    positiveness, positivity
    the character of the positive electric pole
    negativeness, negativity
    the character of the negative electric pole
    complementarity
    a relation between two opposite states or principles that together exhaust the possibilities
    dialectic
    a contradiction of ideas that serves as the determining factor in their interaction
    incompatibility, inconsistency, mutual exclusiveness, repugnance
    the relation between propositions that cannot both be true at the same time
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    relation
    an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
  4. noun
    a contestant that you are matched against
    synonyms: opponent, opposite
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    contestant
    a person who participates in competitions
  5. noun
    a body of people united in opposing something
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    INC, Iraqi National Congress
    a heterogeneous collection of groups united in their opposition to Saddam Hussein's government of Iraq; formed in 1992 it is comprised of Sunni and Shiite Arabs and Kurds who hope to build a new government
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    body
    a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity
  6. noun
    an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force)
    synonyms: enemy, foe, foeman
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    besieger
    an enemy who lays siege to your position
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    adversary, antagonist, opponent, opposer, resister
    someone who offers opposition
  7. noun
    a direction opposite to another
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    orthogonal opposition, orthogonality, perpendicularity
    the relation of opposition between things at right angles
    antipodal, antipodal opposition, diametrical opposition
    the relation of opposition along a diameter
    enantiomorphism, mirror-image relation
    the relation of opposition between crystals or molecules that are reflections of one another
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    direction
    the spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves
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