opposition

Definitions

  • The Farmhouse opposite Crowhurst Church
    The Farmhouse opposite Crowhurst Church
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n opposition the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with "he encountered a general feeling of resistance from many citizens","despite opposition from the newspapers he went ahead"
    • n opposition the act of hostile groups opposing each other "the government was not ready for a confrontation with the unions","the invaders encountered stiff opposition"
    • n opposition a body of people united in opposing something
    • n Opposition the major political party opposed to the party in office and prepared to replace it if elected "Her Majesty's loyal opposition"
    • n opposition an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force) "a soldier must be prepared to kill his enemies"
    • n opposition a contestant that you are matched against
    • n opposition a direction opposite to another
    • n opposition the relation between opposed entities
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Tudor House, Opposite St Michael's Church, Southampton The Tudor House, Opposite St Michael's Church, Southampton
OPPOSITE A CORNER IN AN OLD SECTION OPPOSITE A CORNER IN AN OLD SECTION
GARDEN AT MOUNT PLEASANT, OPPOSITE CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA GARDEN AT MOUNT PLEASANT, OPPOSITE CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bruce Lee was so fast, that they actually had to slow a film down so you could see his moves. That is the opposite of the norm
    • Opposition Repugnance; contrariety of sentiment, interest, or purpose; antipathy.
    • Opposition That which opposes; an obstacle; specifically, the aggregate of persons or things opposing; hence, in politics and parliamentary practice, the party opposed to the party in power.
    • Opposition The act of opposing; an attempt to check, restrain, or defeat; resistance. "The counterpoise of so great an opposition .""Virtue which breaks through all opposition ."
    • Opposition (Logic) The relation between two propositions when, having the same subject and predicate, they differ in quantity, or in quality, or in both; or between two propositions which have the same matter but a different form.
    • Opposition (Astron) The situation of a heavenly body with respect to another when in the part of the heavens directly opposite to it; especially, the position of a planet or satellite when its longitude differs from that of the sun 180°; opposition of Jupiter to the sun.
    • Opposition The state of being placed over against; situation so as to front something else.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The planet Venus spins opposite to the other planets in the solar system
    • n opposition The position of that which confronts, faces, or stands over against something else.
    • n opposition In astronomy, the situation of two heavenly bodies when diametrically opposed to each other as seen from the earth's surface, or when their longitudes differ by 180°. Thus, there is an opposition of sun and moon at every full moon; the moon or a planet is said to be in opposition when its longitude differs 180° from that of the sun. See conjunction.
    • n opposition The action of opposing, withstanding, resisting, or checking; antagonism; encounter.
    • n opposition A placing opposite, as for purposes of comparison, contrast, etc., or the state of being so placed, opposed, or contrasted; contrariety.
    • n opposition In logic, the disagreement between propositions which have the same subject or the same predicate, but differ in quantity or quality, or in both; also, the relation between two terms which are contrasted in any respect.
    • n opposition In the fine arts, contrast.
    • n opposition A body of opposers; specifically, those members of a legislative body who are opposed to the administration for the time being, or the political party opposed to the party in power: frequently used adjectively: as, an opposition scheme; the opposition benches in the British House of Commons.
    • n opposition In fencing. See the quotation.
    • n opposition In chess, a position where the king of the player who has not the move is directly in front of that of his opponent with one vacant square between.
    • n opposition See the adjectives.
    • n opposition In astrology, the aspect formed between two heavenly bodies 180 degrees (or about that distance) from each other: regarded as inimical and pernicious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mercury is the only planet whose orbit is coplanar with its equator. Venus and Uranus are the only planets that rotate opposite to the direction of their orbit.
    • n Opposition op-ō-zish′un state of being placed over against: position over against: repugnance: contrariety: contrast: act or action of opposing: resistance: that which opposes: obstacle: :
    • n Opposition op-ō-zish′un (logic) a difference of quantity or quality between two propositions having the same subject and predicate: the party that opposes the ministry or existing administration
    • n Opposition op-ō-zish′un (astron.) the situation of heavenly bodies when 180 degrees apart
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Quotations

  • Bill Cosby
    Bill%20Cosby
    “Even though your kids will consistently do the exact opposite of what you're telling them to do, you have to keep loving them just as much.”
  • Fran Lebowitz
    Fran%20Lebowitz
    “The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.”
  • Pablo Picasso
    Pablo%20Picasso
    “One does a whole painting for one peach and people think just the opposite -- that particular peach is but a detail.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    Miguel%20De%20Cervantes
    “Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.”
  • Horace
    Horace
    “While fools shun one set of faults they run into the opposite one.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. oppositio,. See Opposite
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Opposite.

Usage

In literature:

It is not surprising, consequently, that Jefferson, who had been a lion in opposition, was transformed by the assumption of power into a lamb.
"The Promise Of American Life" by Herbert David Croly
John Burns is up among the Irish and the Tories, in visible opposition to all Governments.
"Sketches In The House (1893)" by T. P. O'Connor
Buddhism, which was a revolt from Brahmanism, has exactly the opposite truths and the opposite defects.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
This little portrait, which I reproduce on the opposite page, is wholly charming and vivid.
"A Wanderer in Holland" by E. V. Lucas
This new organisation was not carried out without arousing widespread opposition.
"History of Holland" by George Edmundson
On reversing the motion of the plate, the needle at the galvanometer was deflected in the opposite direction, showing an opposite current.
"Experimental Researches in Electricity, Volume 1" by Michael Faraday
But though ugliness be the opposite to beauty, it is not the opposite to proportion and fitness.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
England, owing to the angry opposition of British commercial interests.
"The Framework of Home Rule" by Erskine Childers
The supper ended, and the company trailed into a drawing room at the opposite end of the house from the kitchen wing.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
On the opposite side, and about a quarter of a mile, is a village, which like all the rest is stockaded.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
The tiny church of S. Vio, now closed, which gives the name to the Campo and Rio opposite which we now are, has a pretty history attached to it.
"A Wanderer in Venice" by E.V. Lucas
But it is quite the opposite.
"Orthodoxy" by G. K. Chesterton
Within its circle there are no absolute opposites.
"The Positive Outcome of Philosophy" by Joseph Dietzgen
We passed the Opposition fort three miles below this; their flags were hoisted, and ours also.
"Audubon and his Journals, Vol. 2" by Maria R. Audubon
The leaves of the Rock Rose are long and narrow with smooth edges, and they grow opposite each other on the stem.
"Flowers Shown to the Children" by C. E. Smith
The response to stimulation of the more excitable side of the tendril is thus inhibited by the stimulation of the opposite side.
"Life Movements in Plants, Volume II, 1919" by Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
They were ranged together on one side, while the other cardinals remained opposite.
"The Catholic World. Volume II; Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12." by E. Rameur
Just as the judges were passing, Tod motioned me to look opposite.
"Johnny Ludlow. First Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Issuing from Rugby, Bilton salutes you from the hill on the opposite side of the valley, which you have to cross in order to reach it.
"Homes and Haunts of the Most Eminent British Poets, Vol. I (of 2)" by William Howitt
Opposite, to the S., on the vaulting, is most quaintly told how the body of the saint came to Venice.
"Venice and its Story" by Thomas Okey
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In poetry:

All dangers mostly end by
Strong opposition;
Then take a noble stand, and
A firm position.
"The Crisis" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
IT was a tall young oysterman lived by the river-side,
His shop was just upon the bank, his boat was on the tide;
The daughter of a fisherman, that was so straight and slim,
Lived over on the other bank, right opposite to him.
"The Ballad Of The Oysterman" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
“When I meet rogues,” he cried, “who choose
To cherish oppositional views,
Lady, like this, and in this manner,
I lay about me with my banner
Till they cry mercy, ma’am.” His blows
Rained proudly on prospective foes.
"The Angry Man" by Phyllis McGinley
TANS. Because the human heart has two summits, which terminate in one
base or root; and, spiritually, from one affection of the heart proceed
two opposites, love and hate; and the mountain of Parnassus has two
summits and one base.
"The Heroic Enthusiasts - Part The First =First Dialogue.=" by Giordano Bruno
whirlwind fife-and-drum of the storm bends the salt
marsh grass, disturbs stars in the sky and the
star on the steeple; it is a privilege to see so
much confusion. Disguised by what
might seem the opposite, the sea-
side flowers and
"The Steeple-Jack" by Marianne Moore
Ken ye how to gain a Whig, Aikendrum, Aikendrum
Ken ye how to gain a Whig, Aikendrum
Look Jolly, blythe and big, take his ain blest side and prig,
And the poor, worm-eaten Whig, Aikendrum, Aikendrum
For opposition's sake you will win!
"Aikendrum" by James Hogg

In news:

Telco giant Bell Canada's $3 billion deal to swallow rival broadcaster Astral Media is facing fierce opposition from the country's TV biz.
NAPLES — A proposal to change the city of Naples' laws about beachfront lighting to protect nesting sea turtles is running into opposition from some City Council members who say it is regulatory overreach.
Opposition group says he was denied adequate care.
Obama will use a recess appointment to appoint Donald Berwick , head of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, to run Medicare and Medicaid after he ran into Republican opposition in the Senate.
This year, the parade will be running in the opposite direction… Starting near East Kings Highway and Preston, and ending in downtown Shreveport.
In fact, the problem is quite the opposite.
The subway trains moved onto different tracks late last night, headed in opposite directions.
Why does anyone argue the opposite.
"Misguided rule proposal" regarding farm employment of minors has been withdrawn following overwhelming grassroots support in opposition to the regulation.
Last week, the Baltimore Ravens drafted Alabama's Courtney Upshaw, hoping to line him up opposite Terrell Suggs as well as fill the void left by Jarret Johnson, who signed with the San Diego Chargers.
Those turnovers also put Marshall's defense on its heels, a defense that has struggled all year to stop the opposition.
Opposition leader sentenced to 8 years in Rwanda.
The proposal is drawing opposition from neighbors.
Coalition of Factions From the Streets Fuels a New Opposition in Syria.
MOSCOW — Opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov was charged Friday with plotting mass disorder, part of a clampdown by Russian authorities on public dissent , but was unexpectedly allowed to remain free on his own recognizance.
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In science:

We shall interpret the opposite vertex operator map Y o W by means of an operation on V ⊗ C[[t, t−1 ]] that will convert vertex operators into their opposites.
Logarithmic tensor category theory, IV: Constructions of tensor product bifunctors and the compatibility conditions
Since the opposite edges of a pristine zigzag nanoribbon have opposite magnetic momenta, a disparity between the two edges may induce a non-zero magnetization of the nanoribbon.
Electronic properties of mesoscopic graphene structures: charge confinement and control of spin and charge transport
We observe multiple revivals of the initial spin-momentum state and find symmetry in the population dynamics of spin-momentum states with opposite momentum and opposite spin.
The Peierls substitution in an engineered lattice potential
Using the fact that photons of opposite helicities acquire opposite phases (Section 3.1.1), an encoding of one logical qubit into two physical qubits makes the knowledge of the relative orientation and velocities of the Lorentz frames redundant.
Fundamental quantum optics experiments conceivable with satellites -- reaching relativistic distances and velocities
Note that the two terms appearing in the rhs of Eq. (1.21), referring respectively to conduction and valence band electrons, have opposite sign since the curvature of the two bands is opposite.
Coherent exciton transport in semiconductors
The two taus in the Z 0 -decay are produced with opposite chirality and thus with opposite helicity (MZ 0 ≫ mτ ).
Bell's Inequality and $\tau$-Physics at LEP
For lepton-induced reactions, the opposite is true, namely correlations seem to be due to opposite-charge particles.
Soft Physics and Intermittency: Open Question(s) in Krakow
We know from the experiments that particle-antiparticle pairs, when subjected to homogeneous magnetic fields, move along opposite circular tra jectories; this is the reason for the usual interpretation considering the charge of particles and antiparticles to have opposite sign.
Quantum Mechanics as a Classical Theory IV: The Negative Mass Conjecture
As a matter of fact it is shown in Appendix C that dipole singularities correspond to mass-degenerate asymptotic states with opposite norm, that is, they correspond to a pair of simple poles with opposite residue and degenerate in mass.
Introduction to BRS symmetry
As an example, we start with a state in which the modes a1 and a4 are squeezed by equal and opposite amounts u and the modes a2 and a3 are squeezed by equal and opposite amounts v , and the entanglement is “maximum”.
Bell's inequalities, multiphoton states and phase space distributions
In this way, we can understand that the bias for the energy has opposite sign that the one for A1 (see footnote), and it is also opposite to the bias for the specific heat (it is well known that the maximum of the specific heat of the two dimensional Ising model in a finite lattice is at β < βc ).
A new test for random number generators: Schwinger-Dyson equations for the Ising model
The influence of the hadronic medium on final correlations can be observed in predicted peculiar correlations of pions with the opposite sign charges slowly moving in opposite directions with equal (in modulus) momenta (Andreev).
Multiparticle Dynamics 1998: Summary talk
Therefore, the two tra jectories with the same impact parameter but with opposite signs, which caused the degeneracy in the photometrically determined parallax (i.e. β and −β ), result in astrometric ellipses with opposite orientations.
Unique Determination of the Physical Parameters of Individual MACHOs from Astrometric Parallax Measurements
The fact that secondary electrons and positrons of the cascade are deflected in opposite directions is included in the calculations by taking the deflection of positrons with opposite sign than in the case of electrons.
Cascades initiated by EHE photons in the magnetic field of the Earth and the Sun
However the these come with opposite charges and opposite real masses induced by the Higgs mechanism and so do not contribute to κ.
Dynamics of N=2 Supersymmetric Chern-Simons Theories
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