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opposed

[ uh-pohzd ]
/ əˈpoʊzd /
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adjective
hostile or resistant (usually followed by to): At a town hall meeting about the proposed desalination plant, most speakers were opposed, citing high costs and the effect on marine life.Some educators are opposed to bringing new media tools into classes, viewing them as a potential distraction for students.
having contrary effects; operating at cross-purposes: How do we interpret these seemingly opposed trends—away from organized religion and toward the formation of strong spiritual beliefs?
set against or contrasted with something else or with each other; viewed as contrary or competing: The opposed images on the book’s title page represent the two very different understandings of “home” featured in the narrative.
situated, existing, or growing in opposite directions: There are two diametrically opposed arrows on the signpost, and we have no idea which one to follow.
verb
the simple past tense and past participle of oppose.
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Idioms about opposed

    as opposed to, in contrast to; rather than:The new boss is intuitive as opposed to analytical, and conflict-shy as opposed to aggressive.

Origin of opposed

First recorded in 1450–1500; oppose + -ed2

OTHER WORDS FROM opposed

pre·op·posed, adjectivequa·si-op·posed, adjectiveun·op·posed, adjective
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