opposition - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [uncountable] strong disagreement with a plan or policy, especially when this is shown in active attempts to prevent something
    opposition to:

    Public opposition to the military government is growing.

    in opposition to something:

    Local residents have come out in opposition to the planned closure.

    strong/considerable/fierce etc opposition:

    The bill faces strong opposition from the fox-hunting lobby.

  2. 2

    the opposition

    a person, team, business, or group that someone is competing against

    The opposition scored a goal in the last seconds of the game.

    1. a.
      the political parties in a country that are not part of the government

      the opposition’s tax plans

      The three main opposition parties united to boycott the election.

  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] a situation in which something is opposite or very different from something else
    opposition between:

    the opposition between practical and poetic language