- 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 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
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
- 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 opposites
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.