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Opposition appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • No, it is opposition.
  • No, it is opposed; Art sees Trade's opposition.
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun opposition:

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Definition of the noun opposition

What does opposition mean as a name of something?

Opposition is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural:

  • opposition: oppositions
  • Opposition: Oppositions

  1. the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with
    • example: despite opposition from the newspapers he went ahead
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of opposition: resistance
    • more generic word: action = something done
    • more specific terms:
      • lockout = a management action resisting employee's demands
      • reaction = doing something in opposition to another way of doing it that you don't like
      • anti-takeover defense = resistance to or defense against a hostile takeover
  2. the relation between opposed entities
  3. the act of hostile groups opposing each other
    • example: the invaders encountered stiff opposition
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of opposition: confrontation
    • more generic word: resistance = group action in opposition to those in power
    • more specific word: strikebreaking = confrontational activities intended to break up a strike by workers
  4. a contestant that you are matched against
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonyms of opposition: opponent / opposite
    • more generic word: contestant = a person who participates in competitions
  5. a body of people united in opposing something
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic word: body = a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity
    • more specific terms: Iraqi National Congress / INC = a heterogeneous collection of groups united in their opposition to Saddam Hussein's government of Iraq
  6. a direction opposite to another
  7. an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force)
  8. the major political party opposed to the party in office and prepared to replace it if elected
    • example: Her Majesty's loyal opposition
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic terms: party / political party = an organization to gain political power

Specialised definition of the noun opposition

Glossary of sports

the person or team that you or another player or team have to play against (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a movement of the hand muscles in which the tip of the thumb is made to I touch the tip of another finger so as to hold something (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / fencing

the fist position for defending attacks of the opponent; it is differentiated depending on the opponent's blade position into high, low, right or left opposition. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)


Opposition a.k.a. The Opposition is a long-running post-punk band from London, England, that featured Ralph Hall, Marcus Bell, Mark Long, Sterling Campbell, Lol Ford, Terence Devine King and Jean Daniel Glorioso. Founded in 1979, the Opposition released their first single, “Very Little Glory”, on the independent record label, Double Vision Records. The single received some good press and was soon followed by their first album “Breaking the Silence”, a UK and French tour followed. They then recorded “Intimacy”, and with the press picking up on the band, they switched from indie to major and secured a recording contract with Charisma Records, recording “Promises”. A brief tour of the US followed as support act to Thomas Dolby and extensive touring of Europe before releasing “Empire Days”, still with the engineer Kenny Jones and for the occasion joined by John Porter. Meanwhile Charisma had been bought by Phonogram who had in turn been engulfed by Virgin and without changing contracts the band found themselves with the third record label in as many albums. It was time for change. The band took a hiatus in 1987, when Bell and Long began working on more commercial-sounding material under the name So.


  1. "Opposition" is a musical album of Frei.Wild.
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  2. "Opposition" is a musical album of Altars.
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  3. "Opposition" is a musical album of Glassburg.
  4. "Opposition" is a musical album of Persephone's Dream.
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"Opposition" is a 2014 book by Jennifer Armentrout.


  1. Opposition: In First Past the Post assemblies, where the tendency to gravitate into two major parties or party groupings operates strongly, government and opposition roles can go to the two main groupings serially in alternation.
    • also known as Parliamentary Opposition, Official Opposition
  2. Opposition: In politics, the opposition comprises one or more political parties or other organized groups that are opposed to the government, party or group in political control of a city, region, state or country. It is the party that goes against another party. The degree of opposition varies according to political conditions - for example, across authoritarian and liberal systems where opposition may be repressed or welcomed.
    • also known as 反对党
  3. Opposition: In positional astronomy, two celestial bodies are said to be in opposition when they are on opposite sides of the sky, viewed from a given place.
    • also known as Opozicija, 衝
  4. Opposition: In chess, opposition is the situation occurring when two kings face each other on a rank or file, with only one square in-between them. In such a situation, the player not having to move is said to "have the opposition". It is a special type of zugzwang and most often occurs in endgames with only kings and pawns. The side with the move may have to move the king away, potentially allowing the opposing king access to important squares. Taking the opposition is a means to an end and is not always the best thing to do.
  5. The Opposition in Australia fulfils the same function as the official opposition in other Commonwealth of Nations monarchies. It is seen as the alternative government and the existing administration's main opponent at a general election. By convention, the Opposition Leader comes from the House of Representatives, as does the deputy, although the Government and Opposition will also both have leaders in the Senate.
  6. Opposition: The title Official Opposition, used in most of the other member nations of the Commonwealth of Nations to designate the political party not in government with the largest number of parliamentary seats, is rarely used in Malaysia. It is common practice to refer to such a party simply as the Opposition, or by the party name.
    • also known as 马来西亚国会反对党领袖
  7. Opposition: Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition in the Australian state of Queensland comprises the largest party or coalition of parties not in Government. It is so styled to demonstrate that although it opposes the Government, it remains loyal to the Queen. The Opposition's purpose is to hold the Government to account and constitute a "Government-in-waiting" should the existing Government fall. To that end, a Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Ministers for the various government departments question the Premier and Ministers on Government policy and administration, and formulate the policy the Opposition would pursue in Government.
  8. Opposition: In Croatia, the Opposition is all of the political parties represented in Parliament that are not a part of the Government supported by the parliamentary majority.
  9. Opposition a.k.a. The Bahraini opposition refers to a group of political groups who are opposed to the government or the Al Khalifa regime altogether. Currently, the Bahraini opposition can be divided into the officially registered political parties, who demand reforms to the current political system, and the unauthorized opposition groups who seek the removal of the Al Khalifa regime.
  10. The Opposition in Burma is the political parties represented in the Assembly of the Union that are not in government either on their own or as part of a governing coalition.
  11. The Opposition was a political grouping in Western Australia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the Western Australian Parliament, there were initially no official parties, government being carried out by a loose coalition of members with similar interests. The pre-federation Legislative Assembly had only one premier, John Forrest. Those members who supported him were generally referred to as the Pro-Forrest group whilst the majority of others were referred to as the Opposition.

Phrases with Opposition

Phrases starting with the word Opposition:

  1. Opposition Parry
  2. Opposition research

Phrases ending with the word Opposition:

  1. polar opposition
  2. mutual opposition
  3. gradable opposition
  4. antipodal opposition
  5. Political Opposition
  6. orthogonal opposition
  7. ungradable opposition
  8. diametrical opposition
  9. Leader of the Opposition

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Opposition

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Google previewContact Linguistics (2002)

Bilingual Encounters and Grammatical Outcomes by Carol Myers-Scotton

Note that neither of these oppositions refers to phrase structure; rather, they operate at a more abstract leveL The Matrix Language - Embedded Language opposition refers to linguistic competence — in the sense that, psycholinguistically, the ...

Google previewGavel to Gavel (2006)

An Insider's View of Parliament by Kevin Rozzoli

The opposition is an essential element of the Westminster system. They are the opponents of the government with a duty to probe and challenge government performance. The opposition is an important part of the accountability process.

Google previewDivine Madness (2002)

On Interpreting Literature, Music, and the Visual Arts Ironically by Lars Elleström

situation, one must perceive a tension between opposites and argue that the "result" of this opposition is a third state that is in some sense "higher" than the two initial ones.

Google previewThe Journal of the American Medical Association (1909)

It complc'mental opposition is a purely spinal coordinated reflex, then in spinal diseases in ...

Google previewGreen's Operative Hand Surgery: The Pediatric Hand (2010)

by Scott W. Wolfe, William C. Pederson, Robert N. Hotchkiss, Scott H. Kozin, Mark S Cohen

Opposition. Thumb opposition is a complex movement requiring trapeziometacarpal joint abduction, flexion, and pronation.

The prime muscle of thumb opposition is the APB, although both the opponens pollicis and FPB also produce some ...

Google previewFunctional Semantics (1996)

A Theory of Meaning, Structure and Tense in English by Peter Harder

What has been less obvious than the polemical opposition is the element of continuity with Bloomfieldian linguistics (but cf. Matthews 1993: 128).

Google previewPractical Methods for Legal Investigations (2011)

Concepts and Protocols in Civil and Criminal Cases by Dean A. Beers, CLI

The opposition is the prosecuting office with all of its support staff and investigators, and the responsible law enforcement agency with all of its personnel and support staff. The legal investigator and attorney-client may be the only team ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Postmodernism (2003)

by Victor E. Taylor, Charles E. Winquist

The term "opposition" has two important technical uses: strict binary opposition and multiple or systemic opposition. In the former case, two mutually exclusive but mutually defining items are opposed conceptually to one another and therefore ...

Google previewSharp's Dictionary of Power and Struggle (2011)

Language of Civil Resistance in Conflicts by Gene Sharp

Opposition leaders were worried ...

Google previewCompanion Encyclopedia of the History of Medicine (1997)

by William F. Bynum, Roy Porter

OPPOSITION. OF. LIFE. AND. DEATH. Throughout the history of European medical thought, life and death have been regarded as opposites. This seemingly banal statement, however, requires two important qualifications. The first is that, prior ...

Google previewRoutledge Dictionary of Language and Linguistics (2006)

by Hadumod Bussmann

operator-operand relation operator-operand relation => complementation and modification opposition Fundamental concept introduced by the Prague School especially for phonology: two sounds are in a relation of phonological ...

Google previewDictionary of philosophical terms (1997)

by Elmar Waibl

Gegensatz m - opposition, contrariety, contradiction (I03). Opposition, antithesis (Hegel) (met) ...

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The opposition is indispensable. A good statesman, like any other sensible human being, always learns more from his opposition than from his fervent supporters. (Walter Lippmann)
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The value of this 10-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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