Definitions of opposition

  1. the act of opposing groups confronting each other; " the government was not ready for a confrontation with the unions"; " the invaders encountered stiff opposition"
  2. an armed adversary ( especially a member of an opposing military force); " a soldier must be prepared to kill his enemies"
  3. a contestant that you are matched against
  4. the relation between opposed entities
  5. the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with; " he encountered a general feeling of resistance from many citizens"; " despite opposition from the newspapers he went ahead"
  6. a body of people united in opposing something
  7. a political party opposed to the party in power and prepared to replace it if elected; " Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition"
  8. a direction opposite to another
  9. The act of opposing; an attempt to check, restrain, or defeat; resistance.
  10. The state of being placed over against; situation so as to front something else.
  11. Repugnance; contrariety of sentiment, interest, or purpose; antipathy.
  12. That which opposes; an obstacle; specifically, the aggregate of persons or things opposing; hence, in politics and parliamentary practice, the party opposed to the party in power.
  13. The situation of a heavenly body with respect to another when in the part of the heavens directly opposite to it; especially, the position of a planet or satellite when its longitude differs from that of the sun 180¡; -- signified by the symbol /; as, / / /, opposition of Jupiter to the sun.
  14. The relation between two propositions when, having the same subject and predicate, they differ in quantity, or in quality, or in both; or between two propositions which have the same matter but a different form.
  15. The act of resisting or checking; the state of being resisted or checked; resistance; contradiction; the political party that does not support the party in power.
  16. State of being placed over against: standing over against: repugnance: contrariety: act of opposing: resistance: that which opposes: obstacle: the party that opposes the existing administration or the party in power: ( astron.) the situation of heavenly bodies when 180 degrees apart.
  17. State of being opposite; resistance; repugnance; contrariety; obstacle; party opposed to the existing administration.
  18. The act of opposing.
  19. The state of being opposite or opposed.
  20. An obstacle; obstruction.
  21. Astron. The relative position of two bodies that are 180 apart.
  22. The party opposed to an administration.
  23. Situation so as to front something else; the act of opposing, obstacle; resistance; contrariety; the collective body of opponents to an administration; the situation of two heavenly bodies when distant in longitude from each other 180
  24. Standing over against; resistance; hostility; contrariety of interests or designs; contradiction; in astron., the aspect of heavenly bodies when 180° apart- that is, when the heavenly body is in the quarter of the heavens directly opposite to another, as a planet to the sun; the collective body of the opponents of a ministry or government.

Quotes of opposition

  1. Many a man's strength is in opposition and when he faileth, he grows out of use. – Francis Bacon
  2. Opposition is true friendship. – William Blake
  3. Everything is produced by the workers, and the minute they try to get something by their unions they meet all the opposition that can be mustered by those who now get what they produce. – Harry Bridges
  4. I do not see how a man can work on the frontiers of physics and write poetry at the same time. They are in opposition – Paul Dirac
  5. No Government can be long secure without a formidable Opposition – Benjamin Disraeli
  6. The first organised opposition by women to women's suffrage in England dates from 1889, when a number of ladies led by Mrs Ward appealed against the proposed extension of the Parliamentary suffrage to women. – Millicent Fawcett
  7. A political party is dying before our eyes -and I don't mean the Democrats. I'm talking about the mainstream media, which is being destroyed by the opposition – Howard Fineman
  8. Well I think all I would say on that is, when we were in opposition in Britain and Hawke and then Keating were in power here, Labor was in power here, we learnt a huge amount from the ALP's experience here. – Patricia Hewitt
  9. Intellectuals try to keep going. But their situation is very difficult. Those who have had the courage to voice their opposition have often paid a very high price. – Tahar Ben Jelloun
  10. The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism. – Karl Marx
  11. Books and opinions, no matter from whom they came, if they are in opposition to human rights, are nothing but dead letters. – Ernestine L. Rose
  12. The opposition may have the right to doubt every thing, but for myself, I call on opposition to practice its role within limits of objectively, responsibility and country interests. – Ali A. Saleh
  13. My opposition to Interviews lies in the fact that offhand answers have little value or grace of expression, and that such oral give and take helps to perpetuate the decline of the English language. – James Thurber
  14. We experience problem -solving sessions as war zones, we view competing ideas as enemies, and we use problems as weapons to blame and defeat opposition forces. No wonder we can't come up with real lasting solutions! – Margaret J. Wheatley
  15. Every non -political human grouping of whatever kind, legal, social, religious, economic or other becomes at last political if it creates an opposition deep enough to range men against one another as enemies. – Francis Parker Yockey

Usage examples for opposition

  1. They were placed to the wall and we entered and passed through the town without opposition – The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India Volume II by R. V. Russell
  2. The Igorrots seemed quite surprised at my so doing, but they made no opposition to it. – Adventures in the Philippine Islands by Paul P. de La Gironière
  3. Adair MacKenzie smiled as though he liked opposition – Nan Sherwood on the Mexican Border by Annie Roe Carr
  4. I ran into some real opposition that time! – Interference and Other Football Stories by Harold M. Sherman
  5. Their love of liberty and courage of opposition were the only things in common. – Leigh Hunt's Relations with Byron, Shelley and Keats by Barnette Miller
  6. He knew what violent opposition had done to sentimental daughters. – H. R. by Edwin Lefevre
  7. The bear was taken to a place under the trees back of the Cookee's cabin, and Mike filled his belt with ammunition and saw to it that his rifle was in perfect order, for he might meet with opposition from some hungry animals on his way to find the cave. – Five Little Starrs in the Canadian Forest by Lillian Elizabeth Roy Elizabeth Colborne
  8. However, O'Dwyer's work was not done without considerable opposition – Makers of Modern Medicine by James J. Walsh
  9. During the past two years she had spent two separate months at Mellor; she had gone away in opposition to her father's wish; and had found herself on her return more of a stranger to her parents than ever. – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  10. The force against which there is, and can be no opposition – Temporal Power by Marie Corelli
  11. But Baliol did not forget former opposition – The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
  12. You have no right to continue your opposition to my brother's marriage with your daughter, for he is not the son of the murderer of your brother. – Mohun, or, The Last Days of Lee by John Esten Cooke
  13. Of course he was there in opposition to the Duke's wishes. – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  14. Everything that vexed his life roused opposition – Carnac's Folly, Volume 2. by Gilbert Parker
  15. Mr. Chanler made a long speech in opposition to the bill. – History of the Thirty-Ninth Congress of the United States by Wiliam H. Barnes
  16. This was to found his opposition on the worst side of his case. – A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume II. of VI. by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
  17. The second confusion is closely related to the first, and arises from the fact that Kant speaks of space not only as a form of perception, but also as the form of phenomena in opposition to sensation as their matter. – Kant's Theory of Knowledge by Harold Arthur Prichard
  18. We'll have no opposition Newton in the place. – Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope
  19. In this he met a good deal of opposition – This Country Of Ours by H. E. Marshall Author: Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall
  20. Mrs. Warrender sat at her writing- table with a little thrill of excitement and opposition in her. – A Country Gentleman and his Family by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant

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