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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [op-uh-zish-uh n]
    • /ˌɒp əˈzɪʃ ən/
    • /ˌɒpəˈzɪʃn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [op-uh-zish-uh n]
    • /ˌɒp əˈzɪʃ ən/

Definitions of opposition word

  • noun opposition the action of opposing, resisting, or combating. 1
  • noun opposition antagonism or hostility. 1
  • noun opposition a person or group of people opposing, criticizing, or protesting something, someone, or another group. 1
  • noun opposition (sometimes initial capital letter) the major political party opposed to the party in power and seeking to replace it. 1
  • noun opposition the act of placing opposite, or the state or position of being placed opposite. 1
  • noun opposition the act of opposing, or the state of being opposed by way of comparison or contrast. 1

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Origin of opposition

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; < Latin oppositiōn- (stem of oppositiō), equivalent to opposit(us) (see opposite) + -iōn- -ion; replacing Middle English opposicioun < Old French opposicion < Latin as above

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Parts of speech for Opposition


opposition popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for opposition

noun opposition

  • antagonism — Antagonism between people is hatred or dislike between them. Antagonisms are instances of this.
  • hostility — a hostile state, condition, or attitude; enmity; antagonism; unfriendliness.
  • disagreement — the act, state, or fact of disagreeing.
  • obstruction — something that obstructs, blocks, or closes up with an obstacle or obstacles; obstacle or hindrance: obstructions to navigation.
  • disapproval — the act or state of disapproving; a condemnatory feeling, look, or utterance; censure: stern disapproval.

Antonyms for opposition

noun opposition

  • friendliness — characteristic of or befitting a friend; showing friendship: a friendly greeting.
  • accord — An accord between countries or groups of people is a formal agreement, for example to end a war.
  • affection — If you regard someone or something with affection, you like them and are fond of them.
  • agreement — An agreement is a formal decision about future action which is made by two or more countries, groups, or people.
  • calm — A calm person does not show or feel any worry, anger, or excitement.

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