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adversary

ad·ver·sar·y

adversary

 
 
pronunciation:
aed vr seI ri
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part of speech: noun
inflections: adversaries
definition: a person, group, or thing that is against another; opponent; enemy.
The two countries were adversaries and fought against each other during the war.
synonyms:
antagonist, enemy, foe, opponent, rival
antonyms:
supporter
similar words:
attacker, competitor, opposition
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The word adversary contains the following parts:
ad- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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Originally a Latin preposition and prefix, ad- occurs in English in Latin loanwords. It has multiple forms, as the final 'd' sound in ad- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See its assimilated forms: ac-, af-, ag-1, al-, an-, ap-, ar-, as-, and at-.
-ary2 Latin noun-forming suffix that means a person, thing, or place associated with