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adversary

[ ad-ver-ser-ee ]SEE DEFINITION OF adversary

Synonyms for adversary

  • antagonist
  • attacker
  • competitor
  • enemy
  • foe
  • rival
  • bandit
  • contestant
  • match
  • opposer
  • bad person
  • opposite number
  • oppugner
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Antonyms for adversary

  • ally
  • friend
  • assistant
  • backer
  • helper
  • helpmate
  • supporter
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ADVERSARY

They administer stinging rebukes that leave the adversary writhing.

Esther said, "The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman."

In Calendar's driver, however, he had an adversary of abilities by no means to be despised.

He tried to imagine the combat, his own attitude, and the position of his adversary.

Still however I will not shrink, I will not yield an inch to my adversary.

They adversary, as thou mayest have conjectured, is in league with the powers of darkness.

Aristide called his adversary "brother Judas," or "slave of Saint-Anthony."

If you do so, your adversary will lay the blame of his own confusion and perplexity on himself, and not on you.

But he is up in an instant and his adversary is down—backward, on his elbows.

Then he was seized with remorse, and knelt beside his adversary and tried to revive him.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., aduersere, from Anglo-French adverser (13c.), Old French adversaire "adversary, opponent, enemy," or directly from Latin adversarius "opponent, adversary, rival," noun use of adjective meaning "opposite, hostile, contrary," literally "turned toward one," from adversus "turned against" (see adverse). The Latin word is glossed in Old English by wiðerbroca.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ADVERSARY

antagonist

nounperson causing problem
  • adversary
  • angries
  • bad person
  • bandit
  • competitor
  • contender
  • crip
  • enemy
  • foe
  • match
  • opponent
  • opposer
  • opposite number
  • oppugnant
  • rival
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