- a person, group, or force that opposes or attacks; opponent; enemy; foe.
- a person, group, etc., that is an opponent in a contest; contestant.
- the Adversary, the devil; Satan.
- of or relating to an adversary.
- involving adversaries, as plaintiff and defendant in a legal proceeding: an adversary trial.
Origin of adversary
Antonyms for adversary
Examples from the Web for adversarial
Contemporary Examples of adversarial
The group might have condemned violence while still maintaining an adversarial relationship with the police force.De Blasio and the New York City Protesters Have No Blood on Their Hands
December 22, 2014
I think we are going to have the most adversarial relationship with those entities of any media outlet with a profile.The Skunk at the Oscar Party
February 26, 2014
Despite his personal point of view, May did not take bring an adversarial approach to his interviews with the two judges.‘Kids for Cash’: Crooked Judge, Damaged Teens, and the Perils of Zero Tolerance
Ronald K. Fried
February 25, 2014
That question should be decided by the federal courts with adversarial representation.Pentagon Papers’ James C. Goodale: The Outrageous NSA Opinion
James C. Goodale
September 19, 2013
The idea for having an adversarial presence at Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court hearings is potentially even a bigger deal.Obama Is Giving Up Some Executive Power, and He’ll Still Get No Credit
August 12, 2013
Historical Examples of adversarial
Competition often degenerates into an adversarial relation and conflict.
Moral individualism succeeds or fails within a framework of adversarial human relations.
- pertaining to or characterized by antagonism and conflict
- British having or involving opposing parties or interests in a legal contestUS term: adversary
- a person or group that is hostile to someone; enemy
- an opposing contestant in a game or sport
- the US term for adversarial (def. 2)
Word Origin for adversary
mid-14c., aduersere, from Anglo-French adverser (13c.), Old French adversaire "adversary, opponent, enemy," or directly from Latin adversarius "opponent, adversary, rival," noun use of adjective meaning "opposite, hostile, contrary," literally "turned toward one," from adversus "turned against" (see adverse). The Latin word is glossed in Old English by wiðerbroca.