opposite


opposite
opposite [äp′ə zit, äp′əsit]
adj.
[OFr < L oppositus, pp. of opponere: see OPPONENT]
1. set against, facing, or back to back; at the other end or side; in a contrary position or direction: often with to
2. characterized by hostility or resistance
3. different in every way; exactly contrary; antithetical
4. Bot.
a) growing in pairs, but separated by a stem
b) having one part on the same radius as another, as a stamen in front of a petal
n.
anything opposed or opposite
adv.
on opposing sides or in an opposite position
prep.
1. facing; across from
2. Theater in a complementary role (of the opposite sex) to [he played opposite her]
oppositely
adv.
oppositeness
n.
SYN.- OPPOSITE is applied to things that are symmetrically opposed in position, direction, etc. [they sat at opposite ends of the table ]; CONTRARY adds to this connotations of conflict or antagonism [they hold contrary views ]; ANTITHETICAL implies diametrical opposition so that the contrasted things are as far apart or as different as is possible [our interests are completely antithetical]; REVERSE applies to that which moves or faces in the opposite direction [the reverse side of a fabric ]; ANTONYMOUS is used specifically of words that are so opposed in meaning that each contradicts, reverses, or negates the other [good and bad are antonymous terms ] -ANT. SAME, IDENTICAL, LIKE1

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  • opposite — Ⅰ. opposite UK US /ˈɒpəzɪt/ adjective ► completely different: opposite to sth »This year s conference is completely opposite to last year s, which was very poorly attended. »The new rates of pay were intended to increase staff morale, but they… …   Financial and business terms

  • opposite# — opposite n contradictory, contrary, antithesis, antipode, antonym (see under OPPOSITE adj) opposite adj Opposite, contradictory, contrary, antithetical, antipodal, antipodean, antonymous are comparable chiefly as applied to abstractions and as… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • opposite — op po*site ([o^]p p[ o]*z[i^]t or [o^]p p[ o]*s[i^]t), a. [F., fr. L. oppositus, p. p. of opponere. See {Opponent}.] 1. Placed over against; standing or situated over against or in front; facing; often with to; as, a house opposite to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • opposite — Opposite. adj. de tout genre Qui est dans une situation opposée La rive opposite. le rivage opposite. Il s employe quelquefois au substantif, & alors il signifie Contraire. De ces deux hommes l un est doux, honneste & civil, l autre est brusque,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • opposite — As an adjective denoting position, opposite is followed by to (Two people directly opposite to each other); it is also used with the same meaning as a preposition without to (Two people directly opposite each other). As a noun, opposite is… …   Modern English usage

  • Opposite — may refer to: Opposite (semantics), a word that means the opposite of a word Botany: a kind of arrangement of leaves Additive inverse, in mathematics, taking the negative ( opposite ) of a number Opposite category or dual category, in category… …   Wikipedia

  • opposite — ► ADJECTIVE 1) situated on the other or further side; facing. 2) completely different. 3) being the other of a contrasted pair. 4) (of angles) between opposite sides of the intersection of two lines. ► NOUN ▪ an opposite person or thing. ► ADVERB …   English terms dictionary

  • Opposite — Op po*site, n. 1. One who opposes; an opponent; an antagonist. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The opposites of this day s strife. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is opposed or contrary in character or meaning; as, sweetness and its opposite; up is the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • opposite — [adj] unlike, conflicting; completely different adverse, antagonistic, antipodal, antipodean, antithetical, contradictory, contrapositive, contrary, contrasted, corresponding, counter, crosswise, diametric, diametrically opposed, different,… …   New thesaurus


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