V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. strong disagreement; 2. an opposite opinion; 3. a group united against something; 4. a team or person playing against another in a sporting event; 5. the act of opposing something; 6. in politics, a political party trying to win election over the party in power
Synonyms: disagreement, dissent, protest, resistance, antagonism, competition, rival, enemy, challenge, contrast
Antonyms: agreement, union
Tips: Opposition is derived from the Latin oppositionem, "act of opposing." Think of the related words opponent and opposite. The word opposition refers to an opponent with the opposite beliefs or goals.
The Governor has seen a lot of opposition to his proposed bill. (resistance, challenge)
The managers have heard so much opposition to the proposed cutbacks that they may forgo their plans. (dissent, protest)
That team has been our strongest opposition this season, but I think we can beat them at this Sunday's game. (competition, rival)
We need to look to our steadfast allies to help us combat our opposition. (rival, enemy)
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