- situated, placed, or lying face to face with something else or each other, or in corresponding positions with relation to an intervening line, space, or thing: opposite ends of a room.
- contrary or radically different in some respect common to both, as in nature, qualities, direction, result, or significance; opposed: opposite sides in a controversy; opposite directions.
- being the other of two related or corresponding things: friendly with many members of the opposite sex.
- situated on diametrically opposed sides of an axis, as leaves when there are two on one node.
- having one organ vertically above another; superimposed.
- adverse or inimical.
- a person or thing that is opposite or contrary.
- an antonym.
- Archaic. an opponent; antagonist.
- across from; facing: The guest of honor sat opposite me at the banquet.
- in a role parallel or complementary to: He has played opposite many leading ladies.
- on opposite sides.
- on the opposite side: I was at one end and she sat opposite.
- to the opposite side; in the opposite direction: I went to the left balcony, and he went opposite.
Origin of opposite
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Examples from the Web for opposite
The media tend to frame situations like this as aberrations, but in this case, quite the opposite is the truth.Today’s GOP: Still Cool With Racist Pandering?
January 7, 2015
But quite unlike the schmuck, and this is the fun part, they never run up the white flag; indeed quite the opposite.Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game
January 2, 2015
Couple walked towards the opposite end of the dungeon, where she previously played with Destiny.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
As Rathod noted, SIX is not supposed to be merely the opposite of ALEC.The Left’s Answer to ALEC
December 15, 2014
I'm very interested in Liv Ullmann for the woman's part, opposite Sean … yes … oh, I see then.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Opposite him sat a tall fellow very erect and stiff in his chair.Way of the Lawless
He had an invitation to the opposite coast which he thought he would accept.Weighed and Wanting
It was at this critical moment that Cassidy entered from the opposite side of the office.Within the Law
Therefore, two men of strong beliefs were set on opposite sides of the fence.
By this they were opposite the old stand, where Shandy was hiding.
- situated or being on the other side or at each side of something betweentheir houses were at opposite ends of the street
- facing or going in contrary directionsopposite ways
- diametrically different in character, tendency, belief, etcopposite views
- (of leaves, flowers, etc) arranged in pairs on either side of the stem
- (of parts of a flower) arranged opposite the middle of another part
- (of two vertices or sides in an even-sided polygon) separated by the same number of vertices or sides in both a clockwise and anticlockwise direction
- (of a side in a triangle) facing a specified angleAbbreviation: opp
- a person or thing that is opposite; antithesis
- maths the side facing a specified angle in a right-angled triangle
- a rare word for opponent
- Also: opposite to facing; corresponding to (something on the other side of a division)the house opposite ours
- as a co-star withshe played opposite Olivier in ``Hamlet''
- on opposite sidesshe lives opposite
Word Origin and History for opposite
late 14c., "placed on the other side of (something)," from Old French oposite "opposite, contrary" (13c.), from Latin oppositus "standing against, opposed, opposite," past participle of opponere "set against" (see opponent). Meaning "contrary in nature or character" is from 1570s. As a noun from late 14c. As a preposition from 1758. As an adverb from 1817. Related: Oppositely.
- Arranged as one of a pair on either side of a stem or twig. Maple and ash trees have opposite leaves. Compare alternate.