1. The act of opposing; an attempt to check, restrain, or defeat; resistance.
The counterpoise of so great an opposition. --Shak.
Virtue which breaks through all opposition. --Milton.
2. The state of being placed over against; situation so as to front something else.
3. Repugnance; contrariety of sentiment, interest, or purpose; antipathy.
4. 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.
5. Astron. 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, ░
6. Logic 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.
n 1: 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" [syn: resistance]
2: the relation between opposed entities [syn: oppositeness]
3: the act of opposing groups confronting each other; "the
government was not ready for a confrontation with the
unions"; "the invaders encountered stiff opposition" [syn:
4: a contestant that you are matched against [syn: opponent,
5: a body of people united in opposing something
6: a direction opposite to another
7: an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing
military force); "a soldier must be prepared to kill his
enemies" [syn: enemy, foe, foeman]
8: a political party opposed to the party in power and prepared
to replace it if elected; "Her Majesty's loyal opposition"