English Synonyms and Antonyms
Aspiration is the desire for excellence, pure and simple. Ambition, literally a going around to solicit votes, has primary reference to the award or approval of others, and is the eager desire of power, fame, or something deemed great and eminent, and viewed as a worthy prize. The prizes of aspiration are virtue, nobility, skill, or other high qualities. The prizes of ambition are advancement, fame, honor, and the like. There is a noble and wise or an ignoble, selfish, and harmful ambition. Emulation is not so much to win any excellence or success for itself as to equal or surpass other persons. There is such a thing as a noble emulation, when those we would equal or surpass are noble, and the means we would use worthy. But, at the highest, emulation is inferior as a motive to aspiration, which seeks the high quality or character for its own sake, not with reference to another. Competition is the striving for something that is sought by another at the same time. Emulation regards the abstract, competition the concrete; rivalry is the same in essential meaning with competition, but differs in the nature of the objects contested for, which, in the case of rivalry, are usually of the nobler sort and less subject to direct gaging, measurement, and rule. We speak of competition in business, emulation in scholarship, rivalry in love, politics, etc.; emulation of excellence, success, achievement; competition for a prize; rivalry between persons or nations. Competition may be friendly, rivalry is commonly hostile. Opposition is becoming a frequent substitute for competition in business language; it implies that the competitor is an opponent and hinderer.
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the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with
"he encountered a general feeling of resistance from many citizens"; "despite opposition from the newspapers he went ahead"
underground, foe, resistivity, opposite, confrontation, immunity, enemy, ohmic resistance, resistance, foeman, electrical resistance, opponent, impedance, electric resistance, resistor, oppositeness
the relation between opposed entities
the act of hostile groups opposing each other
"the government was not ready for a confrontation with the unions"; "the invaders encountered stiff opposition"
opposition, opponent, oppositenoun
a contestant that you are matched against
a body of people united in opposing something
a direction opposite to another
enemy, foe, foeman, oppositionnoun
an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force)
"a soldier must be prepared to kill his enemies"
the major political party opposed to the party in office and prepared to replace it if elected
"Her Majesty's loyal opposition"
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How to use opposition in a sentence?
I think it shows some instability in Kim Jong-Un's regime that he's being challenged, that he's got serious opposition especially within the military, i think he's putting himself in a situation that he's not only going to be challenged again and again, but that he's going to create some internal opposition that in the end could topple him.
He has put the opposition challenge away for a couple more years, but his immediate problems are from internal critics and it will probably get worse.
They (the opposition) are determined to destroy.
I think there's been widespread opposition to the deal inside of Israel, it may be that it requires this to play itself out. He perhaps thinks he can further influence the congressional debate. And I'm confident we're going to be able to uphold this deal and implement it without Congress preventing that.
The reason behind the opposition of one commissioner in particular was with regard to the strength of evidence (on sugar).
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- oposicióCatalan, Valencian
- vastapuoli, vastaisuus, vastustaja, oppositio, vastarinta, vastustusFinnish
- ellenkezés, ellenzés, ellenszegülés, ellenfél, ellenzék, szembenállásHungarian
- 反対, 野党, 衝Japanese
- ātetenga, āpitihana, mautohetangaMāori
- împotrivire, oponent, opoziție, opunereRomanian
- оппозиция, противник, противодействие, противоположность, оппонент, противостояниеRussian
- karşıt, karşıtlık, muhalif, muhalefetTurkish
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