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opponent

op·po·nent

opponent

 
pronunciation:
po nnt
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition: one who opposes; antagonist; foe.
This boxer faces a tough opponent in the ring tonight.The scientist's opponent was able to patent his invention first.The Soviet Union proved to be a stronger opponent than the Nazis had anticipated.
 
synonyms:
adversary, antagonist, foe
antonyms:
adherent, advocate, ally, exponent, pro, proponent
similar words:
archenemy, competition, competitor, enemy, opposition, rival
Word Parts
The word opponent contains the following parts:
op- Latin prefix that means towards; against; away
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The prefix op- is an assimilated form of ob- used before roots beginning with "p," such as "pos." See ob-.
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