opponent


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Opponent \Op*po"nent\, a. [L. opponens, -entis, p. pr. of
   opponere to set or place against, to oppose; ob (see Ob-) +
   ponere to place. See Position.]
   Situated in front; opposite; hence, opposing; adverse;
   antagonistic. --Pope.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Opponent \Op*po"nent\, n.
   1. One who opposes; an adversary; an antagonist; a foe.
      --Macaulay.
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   2. One who opposes in a disputation, argument, or other
      verbal controversy; specifically, one who attacks some
      thesis or proposition, in distinction from the respondent,
      or defendant, who maintains it.
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            How becomingly does Philopolis exercise his office,
            and seasonably commit the opponent with the
            respondent, like a long-practiced moderator! --Dr.
                                                  H. More.
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   Syn: Antagonist; opposer; foe. See Adversary.
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