Opponent synonyms

ə-pō'nənt
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A person who competes; rival
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An individual or entity who asserts a right or demand to money or property. An individual or entity who asserts a right or demand to money or property.
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Software or hardware that allows one computer to perform the functions of, or execute programs designed for, another type of computer
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One who strives.
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A person, team, etc. having or regarded as having a good chance to win a contest or competition
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The space shuttle Challenger, named after the HMS Challenger (1858), destroyed on January 28, 1986 with loss of its seven-member crew.
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A person or thing apparently destined for, or likely to come to, a specified end
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One that is equal to another:
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An opposing contestant
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One who opposes or is hostile to an idea or cause:
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An enemy in war.
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The Devil; Satan. Often used with the.
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A person who opposes or competes with another; adversary; opponent
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A person who engages in combat; fighter
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A person who attacks another.
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The party against which an action is brought.
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A rival
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A person who opposes; especially a member of an official opposition
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Someone who aspires to high office etc.
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Someone who bids, e.g. at an auction
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A person who filibusters
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A party engaged in a lawsuit.
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A prefix whose basic meaning is “against.” It is used to form adjectives that mean “counteracting” (such as antiseptic, preventing infection). It is also used to form nouns referring to substances that counteract other substances (such as antihistamine, a substance counteracting histamine), and nouns meaning “something that displays opposite, reverse, or inverse characteristics of something else” (such as anticyclone, a storm that circulates in the opposite direction from a cyclone). Before a vowel it becomes ant–, as in antacid.
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A dissident person; dissenter
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An opponent that cannot be beaten or overcome.
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Any person, group, or thing that opposes
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A person who tries to get or do the same thing as another, or to equal or surpass another; competitor
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One who opposes, one who shows opposition
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A person who resists going along with others in a common course of action.
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A test of skill or ability; a contest:
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A fellow rival; a competitor; a rival.
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That opposes or oppose; on the opposite side.
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An opponent or antagonist.
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Synonym Study

  • Foe , now a somewhat literary synonym for enemy , connotes more active hostility
  • Enemy may imply actual hatred in the opponent and a desire to injure, or it may simply refer to any member of the opposing group, nation, etc. in a conflict, whether or not there is personal animosity or hostility involved
  • Adversary usually suggests actual hostility in the conflict
  • Antagonist implies more active opposition, esp. in a struggle for control or power
  • Opponent , an unemotional word, refers to anyone who is opposed to one, as in a fight, game, contest, or debate
Find another word for opponent. In this page you can discover 48 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for opponent, like: associate, colleague, partner, helper, competitor, claimant, emulator, striver, contender, challenger and candidate.