- 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
Examples from the Web for adversaries
It is, after all, supposed to be a secret business whose practices and methods are not known to adversaries or friends.CIA Agents Assess: How Real Is ‘Homeland’?
Chuck Cogan, John MacGaffin
December 15, 2014
The North Koreans are usually willing to talk for various reasons: to get aid, to divide their adversaries, to create confusion.Should Obama Take North Korea’s Bait?
Gordon G. Chang
October 21, 2014
Develop better systems and techniques than your adversaries.Mike Leach Tackles Geronimo the Motivational Murderer
James A. Warren
August 17, 2014
“As a friend, Madiba was to people one-on-one the same way he was as leader to his adversaries who he put in government,” he said.Bill Clinton: Nelson Mandela Was 'The Only Free Man I Ever Knew'
February 18, 2014
As tough as Rich was, he always did it with a smile, enjoyed the game, and respected his adversaries.Washington Mourns Top Diplomat
December 9, 2013
It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have.
Instead, now we are building bonds with nations that once were our adversaries.
For this it is which makes its adversaries say rhyme is not natural!
Let the adversaries rage and swell their fills, said Luther, and as long as they can.
And at that Diet we confounded our adversaries in the highest degree.
- 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 and History for adversaries
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.