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Synonyms for adversary

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. adversary, antagonist, opponent, opposer, resister(noun)

    someone who offers opposition

    obstructionist, opposer, obstructer, obstructor, opposite, antagonist, opposition, opponent, thwarter, resister

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. adversary

    An enemy in private life is one who is moved by hostile feeling with active disposition to injure; but in military language all who fight on the opposite side are called enemies or collectively "the enemy," where no personal animosity may be implied; foe, which is rather a poetical and literary word, implies intensely hostile spirit and purpose. An antagonist is one who opposes and is opposed actively and with intensity of effort; an opponent, one in whom the attitude of resistance is the more prominent; a competitor, one who seeks the same object for which another is striving; antagonists in wrestling, competitors in business, opponents in debate may contend with no personal ill will; rivals in love, ambition, etc., rarely avoid inimical feeling. Adversary was formerly much used in the general sense of antagonist or opponent, but is now less common, and largely restricted to the hostile sense; an adversary is ordinarily one who not only opposes another in fact, but does so with hostile spirit, or perhaps out of pure malignity; as, the great Adversary. Compare synonyms for AMBITION.

    antagonist, competitor, enemy, foe, opponent, rival

    abettor, accessory, accomplice, ally, friend, helper, supporter

    He was the enemy of my friend in the contest.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. adversary

    antagonist, foe, enemy, rival, assailant

    accessory, abettor, alder, friend, helper, assistant, ally, accomplice

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. adversary(n.)

    enemy, foe, antagonist, opponent, adverse party

  2. adversary(n.)

    DEVIL, satan

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. adversary(n)

    enemy, foe, antagonist, opponent

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    opponent, enemy, foe, intruder, rival

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  1. Virginie Razzano:

    I would like to surprise my adversary, and sometimes when I feel it's a good time to do that, I prefer to do that.

  2. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu:

    Since 2013 ... we have formed four divisions, nine brigades and 22 regiments, they include two missile brigades armed with Iskander missile complexes, which has allowed to boost fire power to destroy the potential adversary.

  3. James Comey:

    The FBI was a serious concern of ours for reasons I can't get into. But we never found the evidence that -- technical indicators -- that there was penetration by an adversary of that system.

  4. New Jersey:

    We have here documented a level of coordination with a foreign adversary sharing polling data, and we seem to be -- and your conduct seems to be -- trying to normalize that behavior, and thats why I think we are in such a serious moment that is eroding the cultures of this democracy and the security of this democracy. And so lets just get into some of this specifically.

  5. Michael Oren:

    Obama is wrong and you're right. But if there is any chance of budging him from his position, then you are making every possible mistake and turning him into an adversary. the last thing you want is for support of the Jewish state to become the monopoly of one party.

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