- 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
Related Words for adversaryenemy, competitor, foe, rival, antagonist, bandit, contestant, opposer, match
Examples from the Web for adversary
Contemporary Examples of 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
July 18, 2014
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
The al Qaeda prisoners we held at CIA facilities helped us understand the adversary.Never Forget? The CIA Report and the Problem With Hindsight
March 15, 2014
Before you go forward to talk about the future,” he says, “you must understand where your adversary comes from.Jaffa: A Tale Of Two Lands
Lauren Gelfond Feldinger
February 16, 2014
Our legal system is an adversary system, predicated upon legal advocacy for both sides.Republicans Attack Obama DOJ Nominee Who Defended a ‘Cop-Killer’
February 6, 2014
Historical Examples of adversary
They administer stinging rebukes that leave the adversary writhing.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Esther said, "The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman."Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
In Calendar's driver, however, he had an adversary of abilities by no means to be despised.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
He tried to imagine the combat, his own attitude, and the position of his adversary.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
Still however I will not shrink, I will not yield an inch to my adversary.Imogen
- 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
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.