noun, plural ad·ver·sar·ies.
adjective Also especially British, ad·ver·sar·i·al [ad-ver-sair-ee-uhl] /ˌæd vərˈsɛər i əl/.
Origin of adversary
Examples from the Web for adversary
In spite of the many disagreeements, the Obama administration, he said, does not view Russia as “an adversary.”It’s Finally Time for the West to Stand Up to Putin|James Kirchick|July 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All the Americans, from FDR down, underestimated the capabilities of their adversary, and exaggerated their own.D-Day Was The Largest And One Of The Bloodiest Invasions In History|James A. Warren|June 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The al Qaeda prisoners we held at CIA facilities helped us understand the adversary.Never Forget? The CIA Report and the Problem With Hindsight|Philip Mudd|March 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Before you go forward to talk about the future,” he says, “you must understand where your adversary comes from.
Our legal system is an adversary system, predicated upon legal advocacy for both sides.Republicans Attack Obama DOJ Nominee Who Defended a ‘Cop-Killer’|David Freedlander|February 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With shining eyes, Crochard dropped on one knee beside his adversary, and bent for a moment above the body.The Destroyer|Burton Egbert Stevenson
Mayo closed in, got Bradish's right hand in a grip, and doubled the arm behind his adversary's back.Blow The Man Down|Holman Day
He leaned over his adversary in greater remorse and pity than he would have readily confessed to himself.The Disowned, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Metternich saw his advantage: his adversary had lost his temper and forgotten his dignity.The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)|John Holland Rose
If a duellist is killed, his adversary must stand by the body till the police arrive, and deliver himself up to them.The Modern Pistol and How to Shoot It|Walter Winans
British Dictionary definitions for adversary
noun plural -saries
Word Origin for adversary
Word Origin and History 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.