(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Act of opposing
1. (antagonism) opposition, antagonism, antipathy; enmity, hate; repugnance, oppugnancy, oppugnation, impugnation; contravention, contradiction; counteraction; counterplot; titanism; confrontation, showdown, face-off; crossfire, undercurrent, riptide, undertow, headwind; race; resistance; hindrance; contrariness, defiance. See dissent.
2. (position opposite) opposition, contraposition, polarity; inversion; opposite side, reverse, inverse, converse; counterpart; antipodes, opposite poles, north and south, east and west, heads or tails, anode and cathode, feast or famine.
3. (result of opposition) insurrection, rebellion, riot, revolution; strike, lockout, walkout; boycott.
4. (one who opposes) enemy, foe, rival, opponent, adversary, antagonist, foeman; assailant; archenemy, nemesis; foil; disputant, competitor. See contention.
1. oppose, counteract, run counter to, withstand, resist, counter, restrain, hinder (see hindrance); antagonize, oppugn, fly in the face or teeth of, kick against, fall foul of; set or pit against; defy, face, confront, cope with; make a stand [against]; protest against, vote against, raise one's voice against; disfavor, turn one's back upon; set at naught, slap in the face, slam the door in one's face; freeze out; be or play at cross purposes; thwart, foil; play off.
2. stem, breast, encounter; stem or breast the tide, current, or flood, swim against the current or stream, go against the grain; beat up against; grapple with, contend (see contention); do battle (see warfare); contradict, contravene; belie; run or beat against; militate against; come in conflict with; emulate, compete, rival, vie with; side against.
3. be opposite, oppose, juxtapose, contrapose; subtend.
1. opposing, opposed; adverse, antagonistic; contrary; at variance (see disagreement); at issue, at war with; unfavorable, unfriendly; hostile, averse, inimical, cross, unpropitious; up in arms; resistant; competitive, emulous.
2. opposite, reverse, inverse; head-on; antipodal; fronting, facing, diametrically opposite.
Adverbs — contrarily, conversely; to or on the contrary, then again; vice versa; at cross purposes; against the grain, stream, wind, tide, or current; with a head wind, in spite of, in despite of, in defiance of; in the way, teeth, or face of; across; athwart. Slang, in your face, NIMBY, not in my backyard.
Prepositions — over, against; over or up against; face to face, vis-à-vis; counter to, in conflict with; versus, contra.
Phrases — the enemies of my enemies are my friends; fight fire with fire.
Quotations — He that is not with me is against me (Bible), Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you (Bible), A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies (Oscar Wilde), You shall judge of a man by his foes as well as by his friends (Joseph Conrad), Your friends sometimes go to sleep; your enemies never do (Thomas Reed).
Antonyms, see cooperation, side, friend.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [The act of opposing]
Syn. conflict, clash, strife, combat, contention, competition, facing, confronting, coping with, breasting, meeting, stemming, belying, struggle, encounter, buffeting, resisting, resistance, defense, counterattack, outflanking, neutralizing, hostilities, war, warfare, skirmish, brush, fray, engagement, action, withstanding, repelling, duel, trial by battle, collision, contest, overpowering, running counter to, race, handicap, check, counteraction, contradiction, debate, countervail, vying with, obstruction, thwart; see also battle 2 , fight 1 .
Ant. peace*, cessation, surrender.
2. [The attitude suggestive of opposition]
Syn. dislike, repugnance, hostility, antagonism, defiance, objectionableness, antipathy, abhorrence, detestation, aversion, constraint, restriction, restraint, hindrance, tyranny, misrule, discord, want of harmony, incompatibility, distaste, disfavor, dissatisfaction, discontent, displeasure, irritation, offense, chagrin, humiliation, mortification, disagreement, anger, loathing, disapproval, complaint, discontentment, inconvenience; see also hate , hatred 1 , 2 , malice , resentment .
Ant. support*, enthusiasm, accord.
3. [The individual or group that opposes]
Syn. antagonist, disputant, adversary; see enemy 1 , 2 , opponent 1 , 2 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. opposing individual or group adversary, opponent, rival, antagonist, competitor.
2. resistance repulsion, antagonism, conflict.
3. obstruction hindrance, impediment, restriction, check.
ANT.: 1. proponent, advocate, partnership, collaboration. 2. attraction, acceptance. 3. opening, clearance, help, aid
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. The act of resisting: renitence, renitency, resistance. See RESIST. 2. The condition of being in conflict: antagonism, antithesis, contradiction, contradistinction, contraposition, contrariety, contrariness, polarity. See SUPPORT. 3. One that opposes another in a battle, contest, controversy, or debate: adversary, antagonist, opponent, opposer, oppositionist, resister. See RESIST, SUPPORT.

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