AskDefine | Define opponent

Dictionary Definition

opponent adj : characterized by active hostility; "opponent (or opposing) armies" [syn: opposing]


1 a contestant that you are matched against [syn: opposition, opposite]
2 someone who offers opposition [syn: adversary, antagonist, opposer, resister] [ant: agonist]

User Contributed Dictionary



from opponere, to oppose


  • /ɒpəʊnən̩t/


  1. An individual or group who is a rival of another.
  2. One who attempts to stop the progression of.
  3. One who objects to.
  4. In team sports, opponents are players on opposite teams.


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