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    • UK Pronunciation
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    • [ad-ver-ser-ee]
    • /ˈæd vərˌsɛr i/
    • /ˈæd.və.sər.i/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-ver-ser-ee]
    • /ˈæd vərˌsɛr i/

Definitions of adversaries word

  • noun plural adversaries a person, group, or force that opposes or attacks; opponent; enemy; foe. 1
  • noun plural adversaries a person, group, etc., that is an opponent in a contest; contestant. 1
  • noun plural adversaries the Adversary, the devil; Satan. 1
  • adjective adversaries of or relating to an adversary. 1
  • adjective adversaries involving adversaries, as plaintiff and defendant in a legal proceeding: an adversary trial. 1
  • noun adversaries One's opponent in a contest, conflict, or dispute. 1

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Origin of adversaries

First appearance:

before 1300
One of the 15% oldest English words
1300-50; Middle English adversarie < Latin adversārius, equivalent to advers(us) (see adverse) + -ārius -ary; replacing Middle English adversere < Anglo-French

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Parts of speech for Adversaries


adversaries popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 84% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for adversaries

noun adversaries

  • rivals — a comedy of manners (1775) by Richard Brinsley Sheridan.
  • foes — a person who feels enmity, hatred, or malice toward another; enemy: a bitter foe.
  • oppositions — the action of opposing, resisting, or combating.
  • competitors — a person, team, company, etc., that competes; rival.

Antonyms for adversaries

noun adversaries

  • allies — (in World War I) the powers of the Triple Entente (France, Russia, and Britain) together with the nations allied with them

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