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Definition of "opposition" []

  • The act of opposing or resisting. (noun)
  • The condition of being in conflict; antagonism: "The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself” ( Virginia Woolf). (noun)
  • Placement opposite to or in contrast with another. (noun)
  • Something that serves as an obstacle. (noun)
  • A political party or an organized group opposed to the group, party, or government in power. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "opposition" in a sentence
  • "It should be the opposition of brothers not of enemies, it may be shewn by acts of kindness and forbearance, but it _must be opposition_ and it _must be shown_."
  • "Just as crucially, they hinge on what they think about the other lot as well, and Labour's record in opposition is poor."
  • "One of the few pleasures of having your party in opposition is watching the other team's supporters writhing over ever 'betrayal' etc."