Origin of opponent
Examples from the Web for opponent
Despite the scandal, Grimm beat his Democratic opponent by 18 points in November.
This opponent is like no other Rodgers has to face on the gridiron.Aaron Rodgers Takes Aim at Congo’s ‘Blood Minerals’ War|John Prendergast|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As the campaign season heated up, his opponent hammered away on the issue.Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy to Democrats: Grow a Pair|David Freedlander|November 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Peter Shumlin has been doing a lousy job and voters turned against him, even though he outspent his opponent five to one.
The Democratic incumbent was doing fine with local issues until her opponent used the ISIS beheadings to turn the tide.
I presume,” replied his opponent, “that the honourable gentleman means tantamount.Diary in America, Series One|Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
He met that searching gaze as inscrutably as he had learned to endure the scrutiny of his opponent at the poker table.The Heart of Canyon Pass|Thomas K. Holmes
After all, it is your own countryside, and you are a better man than your opponent.The Half-Hearted|John Buchan
The great object in a sea-fight was to charge an opponent amidships, or on the stern, or on some defenceless part.
Liberty was as yet but a partial arm, which was unblushingly broken in the hands of an opponent.History of the Girondists, Volume I|Alphonse de Lamartine
British Dictionary definitions for opponent
Word Origin for opponent
Word Origin and History for opponent
1580s, from Latin opponentem (nominative opponens), present participle of opponere "oppose, object to," literally "set against, set opposite," from ob "against" (see ob-) + ponere "to put, set, place" (see position).