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op·po·si·tion

opposition

 
 
pronunciation:
a p zI shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or state of opposing, or the state of being opposed.
The mayor's plan was met with strong opposition from many citizens.Those who were in opposition to the proposal voiced their disapproval at the town meeting.He encountered opposition from his parents when he announced his decision to leave school.
synonyms:
antagonism, hostility, resistance
similar words:
antithesis, aversion, defiance, disagreement, disapproval, dissent, enmity, flak, objection, protest, rebellion, rivalry
definition 2: one or more persons who oppose; something that opposes.
Members of the opposition staged a protest outside the Parliament.
synonyms:
adversary, antagonist, opponent
similar words:
antagonism, competition, competitor, enemy, foe, rival
definition 3: an opposing political party, usu. the one not in power.
The opposition blocked the passage of the bill in the Congress.
similar words:
competition, minority
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derivation: oppositional (adj.)
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