- situated on diametrically opposed sides of an axis, as leaves when there are two on one node.
- having one organ vertically above another; superimposed.
Origin of opposite
Synonyms for opposite
Antonyms for opposite
Related Words for oppositesantithesis, contrary, inverse, paradox, reverse, obverse, converse, contradiction, counterpart, foil, opposition, antipode, antonym, contrast, contra, antilogy, antipole
Examples from the Web for opposites
Contemporary Examples of opposites
Any list of his conspicuous qualities turns out to be a recitation of opposites.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
Really, though, the American Atheist convention in Salt Lake City is not a clash of opposites.Are Atheists the New Mormons?
April 18, 2014
In classic TV style, this pair of oddballs proves that opposites really do attract.‘Sleepy Hollow’ Is TV’s Craziest, Most Over-the-Top New Show ... And You Should Watch It
October 8, 2013
However, as Sunday night's episode of Breaking Bad taught us, opposites clearly attract.‘Breaking Bad’ Meets ‘Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium’… And It Is Glorious
September 25, 2013
It was routine in Cold War times to see Chiang and Mao and the parties they led as opposites in every way.China’s Forgotten Traumas in World War Two
Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
September 18, 2013
Historical Examples of opposites
Perhaps it was some law of opposites, and she needed some one of lighter nature than her own.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
France and Germany appear to us as opposites and irreconcilables.Mountain Meditations
And to the class of opposites belong assent and dissent, desire and avoidance.The Republic
Then we are to say that the greatest friendship is of opposites?Lysis
But, consider:—Are not the absolute same, and the absolute other, opposites to one another?Parmenides
- (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
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.