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Synonyms for opponent
əˈpoʊ nəntop·po·nent

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  1. opponentnoun

    proponent, supporter, advocate

  2. opponentnoun

    proponent, advocate, supporter

  3. opponentnoun

    proponent, supporter, advocate

  4. opponentnoun

    supporter, proponent, advocate

  5. opponentnoun

    advocate, supporter, proponent

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. opponent

    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.

    adversary, antagonist, competitor, enemy, foe, rival

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

    He was the enemy of my friend in the contest.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. opposition, opponent, oppositenoun

    a contestant that you are matched against

    foe, opposite, contrary, confrontation, enemy, opposer, resistance, foeman, antagonist, reverse, adversary, opposition, inverse, opposite word, antonym, resister, oppositeness


  2. adversary, antagonist, opponent, opposer, resisteradjective

    someone who offers opposition

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


  3. opponent, opposingadjective

    characterized by active hostility

    "opponent (or opposing) armies"



Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. opponentnoun

    antagonist, adversary, rival, competitor, enemy, foe, adverse party

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. opponentnoun

    adversary, antagonist, rival, competitor

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "opponent":

    adversary, objector, rival, enemy, opposition, opposer, foe, competitor

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  1. The CIF:

    After a thorough review and analysis of the incident following the conclusion of the Division 4-A regional basketball championship game between Coronado High School and Orange Glen High School, the CIF state executive director reiterates that discriminatory and racially insensitive behaviors toward an opponent contravene the principles of education-based athletics.

  2. Tucker Carlson:

    It tells you the power of running on something in contrast to the sort of tepid identity politics campaign his opponent is running.

  3. Gary Kasparov:

    The highest art of the chessplayer lies in not allowing your opponent to show you what he can do.

  4. Chris Coons:

    This is not some anonymous whistleblower. This can not be argued to be some action by a deep state opponent of President Donald Trump, gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the EU, was Gordon Sondland and a supporter of Donald Trump.

  5. Bernie Sanders:

    I am encouraged to see that the President is sending Congress a plan to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison, as I have said for years, the prison at Guantanamo must be closed as quickly as possible. Others, including my opponent, have not always agreed with me.

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