Meaning of opposition in English:


Pronunciation /ɒpəˈzɪʃ(ə)n/

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  • 1mass noun Resistance or dissent, expressed in action or argument.

    ‘there was considerable opposition to the proposal’
    • ‘For some, it appeared to breed a resistance or opposition to program authorities, which they later regretted.’
    • ‘Your argument to justify your opposition to the peace talks is puerile.’
    • ‘Your argument seems to conflate opposition to the war with opposition to a ‘unilateral’ war.’
    • ‘This perception has caused resentment, antagonism, and opposition to the West.’
    • ‘There was a good turnout and on the day that I attended there seemed to be a general feeling of opposition to the planned route through Millans Park.’
    • ‘And in one of his most peculiar lines of argument, he also blames a lack of opposition to his plans.’
    • ‘To appease the vocal opposition to the privatisation threat, the government tightened the provisions against extra billing and queue jumping.’
    • ‘We also must also educate ourselves about the importance of the constitution and opposition to those who threaten the rule of law.’
    • ‘The industry's opposition to the country-of-origin labeling is just one shocking thing they've done.’
    • ‘Public outrage at her conviction and execution have been credited with generating the first vocal opposition to the trials.’
    • ‘I understand their misgivings but I most strongly disapprove of their opposition to change.’
    • ‘The second conclusion we can draw is that Gray's opposition to the notion of historical moral progress poses no serious challenge to existential humanism.’
    • ‘True, such skepticism was in some quarters a mask for outright opposition to American military power in general.’
    • ‘But there has been far more opposition in Hornsea, which has become the hotbed of opposition to a council some in the town see as out of touch and arrogant.’
    • ‘Critics have also accused him of race-based opposition to one portion of the Voting Rights Act.’
    • ‘This is why it has become not just opposition to a point of view, but opposition to an entire rhetorical technique.’
    • ‘The result comes on the same day objectors claimed there is virtually unanimous local opposition to further expansion at Stansted.’
    • ‘Opposition to quotas is not the same thing as opposition to affirmative action.’
    • ‘But my criticisms were borne out of opposition to the policy and not a desire to see the Prime Minister step down.’
    • ‘A lot of what sounds like opposition to the war is more like opposition to losing the war.’
    resistance, hostility, antagonism, antipathy, enmity, objection, dissent, criticism, defiance, non-compliance, obstruction, obstructiveness, counteraction
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    1. 1.1often the oppositionA group of opponents, especially in sport, business, or politics.
      ‘the home team made short work of the opposition’
      • ‘In any event, it is not the coach's business to let the opposition know beforehand the team's weaknesses in any area.’
      • ‘It was supported by the government, opposition, big businesses and trade unions.’
      • ‘Such a development inevitably comes up against the restraints of the profit system and meets with the opposition of big business.’
      • ‘Not all the demonstrators belong to the parties who make up the opposition or support their politics.’
      • ‘In these heady days of professionalism, enjoying your sport and respecting your opposition are all too rare.’
      • ‘The second detractor is an absence of respect for your opponent or opposition within the discussion.’
      • ‘Some opposition politicians and businessmen are also taking on the role of the fifth columnists.’
      • ‘The mere fact that politics in Namibia is not issue-orientated makes it difficult for the sustainability of opposition politics.’
      • ‘It dispelled attempts to portray her as less concerned about the national interest than her opponents in the opposition parties and within her own party.’
      • ‘In politics, opposition parties were eliminated, and a personality cult was built around the figure of Mussolini, Il Duce.’
      • ‘In November 1926, all rival political parties and opposition newspapers were banned in Italy.’
      • ‘Trust and betrayal became a central nexus in radical opposition politics and the stakes could be very high.’
      • ‘Poe, the frontrunner for a faction of the divided political opposition, cornered 31 percent of the respondents.’
      • ‘He started cracking jokes, contrasting the flippancy of opposition politics with the weight of responsibility he had to bear.’
      opponents, opposing side, other side, other team, competition, competitors, opposers, rivals, adversaries, antagonists, enemies
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    2. 1.2the OppositionBritish The principal parliamentary party opposed to that in office.
      ‘the leader of the Opposition’
      • ‘The Opposition had sent the Bill back to the Commons four times in an unprecedentedly bitter conflict.’
      • ‘The Opposition is demanding that the government stop spinning the issue and clarify its position.’
      • ‘The Opposition must then have policies which, in the eyes of the electorate, are relevant to the day.’
      • ‘The Opposition is not the only political force bringing its own pressure to bear.’
      • ‘The Opposition wants to see all the evidence and is demanding it be tabled for public scrutiny.’
      • ‘The Opposition was aware that the Minister was interviewed this morning on the radio.’
      • ‘The Opposition should think about the comments that he used in his report.’
      • ‘The Opposition believes his handling of this case has been a disgrace and is enough for his head to go.’
      • ‘The Opposition would not be doing its job if it were not raising these issues as being important.’
      • ‘The Opposition has accused the Greens of going soft and voting with the Government.’
      • ‘The Opposition gets a certain number of questions in a day, and you keep a very strict tally on that.’
      • ‘The Opposition would say that that is retribution for all the wrong he has done.’
      • ‘The Opposition has been calling for a legislative response to rural crime for a long time.’
      • ‘The Opposition simply asks that people be allowed to keep more of what they earn.’
      • ‘The Opposition did not have the opportunity to lodge a letter between Friday and now.’
      • ‘The Opposition will stoop to anything to show a point of difference, just for power.’
      • ‘She alleged that the Opposition had not even explained the reason for its action.’
      • ‘That is a straightforward question that I would expect the Opposition to be able to ask.’
      • ‘I do not think it goes against what the Leader of the Opposition said in any way.’
      • ‘So already we do not have a majority in the Opposition for this particular form of legislation.’
    3. 1.3Astronomy Astrology The apparent position of two celestial objects that are directly opposite each other in the sky, especially the position of a planet when opposite the sun.
      ‘An eclipse occurs only if the Moon crosses the ecliptic when very close to either conjunction or opposition, respectively producing solar and lunar eclipses.’
      • ‘The other half of the Grand Cross is the opposition of Mars in Scorpio and Saturn in Taurus.’
      • ‘At opposition, a planet also comes closest to earth and shines at its brightest for the year.’
      • ‘A study of your birth chart reveals an opposition between your natal moon in Sagittarius and Saturn in Gemini.’
      • ‘A lack of self-approval is usually present when the Sun and Saturn are in opposition.’
  • 2A contrast or antithesis.

    ‘a nature–culture opposition’
    • ‘the opposition between practical and poetic language’
    • ‘Likewise Tomu came to think of a film's plot in terms of a series of oppositions or conflicts.’
    • ‘These two oppositions generate four basic strands of modern thought.’
    • ‘Our western predilection of talking in terms of binary oppositions finds an array of contrasts to play with in Wuthering Heights.’
    • ‘Meadows is smart to avoid easy good guy/bad guy oppositions.’
    • ‘Among the ancients, she begins, the oppositions to rational truth were error, ignorance and, most of all, opinion.’
    • ‘Basically one part of the theory said that we all see things differently, because of the binary oppositions to which we all give different meaning.’
    • ‘But democracy doesn't quite make it into the binary oppositions involved in this fight.’
    • ‘Our personal lives are marked by these fractures, oppositions, and incoherences.’
    • ‘Deconstruction radically unsettled what were taken to be stable concepts and conceptual oppositions.’
    • ‘Set in a region of seascapes and vineyards, Penola is no stranger to interesting oppositions.’
    • ‘As usual with such defining oppositions, there is also striking symmetry.’
    • ‘Its characters are presented ambiguously and their conflicts are not structured in terms of clear-cut oppositions between good and evil.’
    • ‘These binary oppositions were natural to a medical world view that took for granted a Cartesian mind-body dualism.’
    • ‘Neither entirely human nor artificial, but a combination of the two, the cyborg problematizes all dualities and oppositions.’
    • ‘By including and blending the oppositions within her narration, de Pisan has created an engaging and lively epic of her hero, Joan of Arc.’
    • ‘Cinema offers simultaneous affirmation and dissolution of the binary oppositions upon which our most fundamental notions of self and other are based.’
    • ‘From this initial and highly problematic binary, Schultz deduces a series of categorical oppositions.’
    • ‘Lee's book has made me retrace the binary oppositions that have shaped prior discussions of critical pedagogy.’
    • ‘Maori folklore focuses on oppositions between pairs, such as earth and sky, life and death, and male and female.’
    • ‘In any case those same theologians had tried to deal with the problem of evil by making it necessary to the existence of good, in a world that actually ran on binary oppositions.’
    conflict, clash, difference, contrast, disparity, antithesis, polarity
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    in opposition
    • 1In contrast or conflict.

      ‘they found themselves in opposition to state policy’
      • ‘In fact, wisdom and faith are not really in opposition to one another.’
      • ‘You put yourself in opposition to a number of Republicans, as well, on immigration.’
      • ‘He will never start a movement in opposition to those he condemns, because that would be sticking his neck out.’
      • ‘More than 200 students rallied at the doors of the meeting in opposition to the fee increase.’
      • ‘Most hip hop emerging out of South Africa today positions itself in opposition to kwaito music.’
      • ‘It's very easy to be in opposition to the government if your vote doesn't matter.’
      • ‘I have no quarrel with people who hold personal beliefs that are in opposition to mine.’
      • ‘In many parts of the country, local groups have formed committees in opposition to the plan.’
      • ‘John too stood in opposition to the notion that credentials made a difference in matters of faith.’
      • ‘So we actually have several different views that are completely in opposition to one another.’
      1. 1.1(of a major political party) not forming the government.
        ‘the objectives of the party while in opposition’
        • ‘Labour-type parties that are in opposition in Europe are trying to gain from the revolt against neo-liberalism.’
        • ‘Of course, a government may claim that a problem is never exactly the same as it appeared when it was a party in opposition.’
        • ‘What might be the legacies of three terms of a New Labour government and what would be the direction of the Labour Party in opposition?’
        • ‘Who takes over as leader of the Labour Party in opposition, I wonder?’
        • ‘Despite eight miserable years in opposition the party still seems reluctant to take this lesson on board.’
        • ‘Hard choices were what he really imposed on his party in opposition, not a spiritual journey.’
        • ‘That is how a political party in opposition is transformed into a governing party.’
        • ‘The time for generating new ideas is while a party is in opposition.’
        • ‘Nevertheless, it could be better for the future of the party to be in opposition and have some time to regroup.’
        • ‘All other parties had worn themselves down in parliament, either in opposition or in government.’
        • ‘Having spent a political eternity in opposition, the Liberal Democrats now find themselves in power.’
        • ‘The Labour party had 18 years in opposition to think about its favoured structure.’
        • ‘Since independence, the order has played a significant role in government, either in coalition or in opposition.’
        • ‘He spent most of his parliamentary life in opposition during the Thatcher years.’
        • ‘The Labour Party changed quite radically during its long years in opposition.’
        • ‘He has fought against it in government, in opposition and within his own party.’
        • ‘And there are those who say that because we are in opposition we should be opposing the government.’
        • ‘In Federal Germany the Social Democrats remained, likewise, in opposition until 1966.’
        • ‘In the 1997 election, Labour was returned to office after 18 years in opposition.’
        • ‘However, in 1895 the Liberals lost power and remained in opposition for the next 11 years.’


Late Middle English from Latin oppositio(n-), from opponere ‘set against’.