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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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. adversary, antagonist, opponent, opposer, resisternoun

    someone who offers opposition

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

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. adversarynoun

    enemy, foe, antagonist, opponent, adverse party

  2. adversarynoun

    DEVIL, satan

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. adversarynoun

    enemy, foe, antagonist, opponent

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "adversary":

    opponent, enemy, foe, intruder, rival

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  1. Carly Fiorina:

    Putin is our adversary.

  2. Ellen Pawlikowski:

    We can’t count on stealth to do everything for us. Stealth combined with other attributes that will allow us to deal with that threat. Speed and stealth are extremely important but also they don’t stand alone because when you are talking about air superiority it boils down to being able to act and react more quickly than you adversary can.

  3. Sally Yates:

    The efforts by a foreign adversary to interfere and undermine our democratic processes — and those of our allies — pose a serious threat to all Americans.

  4. John Hultquist:

    Cyber is an ideal tool for Russia to use prior to an invasion, you can use( cyber operations) to be aggressive, to signal( intent) and potentially erode the influence of your adversary before bullets fly or without necessary escalating the situation to war.

  5. Ryan Olson:

    This adversary has aggressively targeted organizations in the United States and elsewhere in defense, technology and other critical sectors, while we're still learning more about the impact of these attacks, we urge United States to quickly patch vulnerable systems and follow recommendations for determining whether United States've been compromised.

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