- to act against or provide resistance to; combat.
- to stand in the way of; hinder; obstruct.
- to set as an opponent or adversary.
- to be hostile or adverse to, as in opinion: to oppose a resolution in a debate.
- to set as an obstacle or hindrance.
- to set against in some relation, especially as to demonstrate a comparison or contrast: to oppose advantages to disadvantages.
- to use or take as being opposite or contrary.
- to set (something) over against something else in place, or to set (two things) so as to face or be opposite to one another.
- to be or act in opposition.
Origin of oppose
1350–1400; Middle English < Old French opposer, blend of Latin oppōnere to set against and Old French poser to pose1, associated with the L past participle oppositus
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1. confront, contravene. Oppose, resist, withstand imply setting up a force against something. The difference between oppose and resist is somewhat that between offensive and defensive action. To oppose is mainly to fight against, in order to thwart, certain tendencies or procedures of which one does not approve: The lobbyists opposed the passage of the bill. Resist suggests that the subject is already threatened by the forces, or by the imminent possibility, against which he or she struggles: to resist temptation. Again, whereas oppose always suggests an attitude of great disapproval, resist may imply an inner struggle in which the will is divided: She tried unsuccessfully to resist the temptation to eat dessert. Withstand generally implies successful resistance; it may refer to endurance that allows one to emerge unharmed ( to withstand a shock ), as well as to active resistance: to withstand an attack. 2. prevent. 4. contradict.
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Examples from the Web for opposers
But the opposers are usually members of either of the interested families.The Suitors of Yvonne
We love not the rebukers of our sins, or the opposers of our pleasures.
The opposers of slavery profess to be governed alone by the teachings of the Bible, in their war upon this institution.
The opposers were put to shame, and ever since has that meeting-house been free.Memoir of Rev. Joseph Badger
Elihu G. Holland
This I had no freedom to do, and so they continued my opposers.
- (tr) to fight against, counter, or resist strongly
- (tr) to be hostile or antagonistic to; be against
- (tr) to place or set in opposition; contrast or counterbalance
- (tr) to place opposite or facing
- (intr) to be or act in opposition
C14: via Old French from Latin oppōnere, from ob- against + pōnere to place
Word Origin and History for opposers
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