Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


The English detected at once the maneuver of their opponents.

These were called Horizontalists, their opponents, Verticalists.

He had never felt a more thorough, a more passionate, contempt for his opponents.

Before their opponents knew they had been struck their heads had already fallen.

Their original numbers were less than half of their opponents.

Once his opponents had him carried to Spain chained like a common prisoner.

It was no serious affair to defeat our opponents whenever we met.

But his opponents will refuse to admit this of themselves, and he must allow that they are right in their refusal.

The tricolor has been, since the March riots, recognized as the color of their opponents.

At this moment Cyrus appeared, cutting his way through his own opponents.


1580s, from Latin opponentem (nominative opponens), present participle of opponere "oppose, object to," literally "set against, set opposite," from ob "against" (see ob-) + ponere "to put, set, place" (see position).