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Webster 1913 Edition


Opposition

Opˊpo-si′tion

,
Noun.
[F., fr. L.
oppositio
. See
Opposite
.]
1.
The act of opposing; an attempt to check, restrain, or defeat; resistance.
The counterpoise of so great an
opposition
.
Shakespeare
Virtue which breaks through all
opposition
.
Milton.
2.
The state of being placed over against; situation so as to front something else.
Milton.
3.
Repugnance; contrariety of sentiment, interest, or purpose; antipathy.
Shak.
4.
That which opposes; an obstacle; specifically, the aggregate of persons or things opposing; hence, in politics and parliamentary practice, the party opposed to the party in power.
5.
(Astron.)
The situation of a heavenly body with respect to another when in the part of the heavens directly opposite to it; especially, the position of a planet or satellite when its longitude differs from that of the sun 180°; – signified by the symbol [GREEK];
as, [GREEK] ♃ ☉, opposition of Jupiter to the sun
.
6.
(Logic)
The relation between two propositions when, having the same subject and predicate, they differ in quantity, or in quality, or in both; or between two propositions which have the same matter but a different form.

Webster 1828 Edition


Opposition

OPPOSI'TION

,
Noun.
[L. oppositio.]
1.
Situation so as to front something else; a standing over against; as the opposition of two mountains or buildings.
2.
The act of opposing; attempt to check, restrain or defeat. he makes opposition to the measure; the bill passed without opposition. Will any opposition be made to the suit, to the claim or demand?
3.
Obstacle. the river meets with no opposition in its course to the ocean.
4.
Resistance; as the opposition of enemies. Virtue will break through all opposition.
5.
Contrariety; repugnance in principle; as the opposition of the heart to the laws of God.
6.
Contrariety of interests, measures on designs. The two parties are in opposition to each other.
7.
Contrariety or diversity of meaning; as one term used in opposition to another.
8.
Contradiction; inconsistency.
9.
The collective body of opposers; in England, the party in Parliament which opposed the ministry; in America, the party that opposed the existing administration.
10.
In astronomy, the situation of two heavenly bodies, when distant from each other 180 degrees.

Definition 2022


Opposition

Opposition

See also: opposition

German

Noun

Opposition f (genitive Opposition, plural Oppositionen)

  1. (politics) the opposition, political opposition; opposition party
  2. a group opposed (to something or someone)
  3. opposition (the position of a planet in relation to the sun in positional astronomy)
  4. (chess) In chess, when two kings face each other with only one square between them

Synonyms

  • (political opposition): Gegenformation

Antonyms

Hypernyms

Hyponyms

  • (political opposition): Fernopposition, Nahopposition, Oppositionspartei

Derived terms

opposition

opposition

See also: Opposition

English

Noun

opposition (plural oppositions)

  1. The action of opposing or of being in conflict.
    • 2013 August 10, Can China clean up fast enough?”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8848:
      That worries the government, which fears that environmental activism could become the foundation for more general political opposition.
  2. An opposite or contrasting position.
  3. (astronomy) The apparent relative position of two celestial bodies when one is at an angle of 180 degrees from the other as seen from the Earth.
  4. (politics) A political party or movement opposed to the party or government in power.
  5. (law) In United States intellectual property law, a proceeding in which an interested party seeks to prevent the registration of a trademark or patent.
  6. (chess) A position in which the player on the move must yield with his king allowing his opponent to advance with his own king.

Antonyms

Translations


Finnish

Noun

opposition

  1. Genitive singular form of oppositio.

French

Etymology

Borrowed from post-classical Latin oppositio (translating Greek ἀντίθεσις (antíthesis)), from the past participle stem of classical Latin oppōnere (to set against).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɔpozisjɔ̃/

Noun

opposition f (plural oppositions)

  1. opposition