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What does opponent mean?
An opponent is someone who is against another person, as in a game, exhibition, or controversy.
Opponent can also sometimes be used to describe being in opposition, as in Felix saw no opponent reason to change his vote.
Example: Our opponent is strong, so don’t do anything reckless during the game.
Where does opponent come from?
The first records of the term opponent come from around 1580. It comes from the Latin oppōnēns, meaning “to place over, against, or in front of.” Similarly, an opponent is someone who goes against or is in front of another.
You’ll see opponent used frequently to describe a team’s rival in a sporting event or a politician’s challenger in an election. But you will also see opponent used more generally to describe someone as an adversary.
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- opponency (noun)
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How is opponent used in real life?
Opponent is a commonly used word that refers to an enemy or competitor.
Proud of my baby daughter placing last in her old-timey, bare-knuckle street fighting class. Congrats to her 31 year old opponent, Rick.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) June 7, 2016
Ohio State: First win vs an AP top 5 men’s basketball opponent while @OhioStateHoops were unranked since 2005 vs No. 1 Illinois
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 19, 2015
Sup Kentucky I'm out here in Lexington seeking a qualified smash bros opponent – who dares challenge me? Come fight me tnite Cosmic Charlies
— GHASTLY(◕,,,◕) (@Ghastly) September 14, 2016
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How to use opponent in a sentence
Maryland hasn’t played the same opponent on back-to-back nights since January 1949 at Miami.In schedule shuffle, Maryland will host Nebraska on back-to-back days next week|Emily Giambalvo|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
The game at Texas Southern was thrown together Friday, about 30 hours before tip-off, when Texas Southern also had an opponent suddenly cancel because of the virus.A rare disease, a covid diagnosis, a painful decision: The death of basketball coach Lew Hill|Dave Sheinin|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
At just 19, he’s accustomed to being hunted by every opponent and still finding a way to make you remember him.An NBA experiment lets draft prospects skip college, stay home and get paid to play|Michael Lee|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
First off, California may have been Democratic-leaning in 2003, but it has a notably deeper shade of blue today, which will make it more challenging for Newsom’s opponents to engineer his ouster.California’s Gavin Newsom Will Likely Face A Recall Election — But He’ll Probably Survive It|Geoffrey Skelley (email@example.com)|February 10, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
Campbell said she simply doesn’t buy into vacation rental opponents’ thinking that banning them altogether is possible.Morning Report: The Deal With the Jen Campbell Recall|Voice of San Diego|February 9, 2021|Voice of San Diego
Despite the scandal, Grimm beat his Democratic opponent by 18 points in November.
One would be hard-pressed to find an earlier opponent of the Nazis than Dietrich von Hildebrand.
Mired in ideological warfare, America faces her most formidable opponent yet— herself.The Post-Brown and Garner Question: Who ‘Deserves’ to Die?|Goldie Taylor|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
Perhaps the greatest irony remains that civil rights titan Caesar Chavez was a lifelong opponent of illegal immigration.
He realized, as his mother had realized a little while before, that in Garnache they had an opponent who took no chances.
In a trial in the King's Bench, Mr. Erskine, counsel for the defendant, was charged by his opponent with traveling out of his way.
Scarcely had he smoothed the way with one opponent than another sprung up in an unexpected quarter.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2)|Francis Trevithick
As for the slipperiness of the ground, my opponent will run no greater risks than I. I am not the only impatient one.
Augereau at first confined himself to parrying, but at last, being wounded, he thrust out and killed his opponent.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison