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As we all know every lone sock has a long-lost twin, some words we use every day also have pairs that we just forgot about. Here are some of the English language’s best uncommon opposites.

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Origin of opposite

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin oppositus, past participle of oppōnere to set against. See oppose, -ite2

synonym study for opposite

2. Opposite, contrary, reverse imply that two things differ from each other in such a way as to indicate a definite kind of relationship. Opposite suggests symmetrical antithesis in position, action, or character: opposite ends of a pole, sides of a road, views. Contrary sometimes adds to opposite the idea of conflict or antagonism: contrary statements, beliefs. Reverse suggests something that faces or moves in the opposite direction: the reverse side of a coin; a reverse gear.

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British Dictionary definitions for opposite

Derived forms of opposite

oppositely, adverboppositeness, noun
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Scientific definitions for opposite

opposite
[ ŏpə-zĭt ]

Arranged as one of a pair on either side of a stem or twig. Maple and ash trees have opposite leaves. Compare alternate.
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