Origin of opinion
Related formspre·o·pin·ion, nounun·der·o·pin·ion, noun
Can be confusedopine opinion
The French comes from Latin opīniō (inflectional stem opīniōn- ), which has all of the French senses, vague as they are (in that they refer to belief as opposed to fact or truth). Opīniō is a derivative of the verb opīnārī “to suppose, imagine, conjecture.”
The English noun ranges in meaning from a personal belief resting on grounds incapable of proof, to the formal statement of a court or judge of the reasoning and principles of law used in reaching a decision, to the expert opinion of a physician or other professional, as well as continuing the vague meanings of French and Latin.
The terms opinion poll and opinion polling date from about 1940, although poll in the sense “a survey of public opinion on an issue” appeared around the turn of the 20th century.
Examples from the Web for opinion
In a bit of foreshadowing, he repeated that opinion in November.
In my opinion I think that the smugglers are real criminals.
Spin control began, Florida-style: the opinion only covers some counties, some people, some times.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over|Jay Michaelson|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In my opinion Lee was one of the greatest actors of all time.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He's watching it because of his fondness for Bergman and because, he says, “She'll be nervous about my opinion.”Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was of opinion that, upon their conduct at this crisis depended the future destinies of the Netherlands.The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume III.(of III) 1574-84|John Lothrop Motley
In order then to have every thing distinct and accurate, they had brought their opinion forward in the form it now appears.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
She thought Alice a bit of a sneak, an opinion her brothers shared, and Gwen rather a snatch at meals.Ann Veronica|H. G. Wells
The climate of Cannes has been the subject of a considerable variety of opinion,—the preponderance being, however, in its favour.
How nearly the current economic situation may approach to this finished state is a matter of opinion.The Place of Science in Modern Civilisation and Other Essays|Thorstein Veblen
British Dictionary definitions for opinion
Word Origin for opinion
Idioms and Phrases with opinion
see form an opinion; matter of opinion.