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opposite adj
1 being directly across from each other; facing; "And I on the opposite shore will be, ready to ride and spread the alarm"- Longfellow; "we lived on opposite sides of the street"; "at opposite poles"
2 of leaves etc; growing in pairs on either side of a stem; "opposite leaves" [syn: paired] [ant: alternate]
3 moving or facing away from each other; "looking in opposite directions"; "they went in opposite directions"
4 the other one of a complementary pair; "the opposite sex"; "the two chess kings are set up on squares of opposite colors"
5 altogether different in nature or quality or significance; "the medicine's effect was opposite to that intended"; "it is said that opposite characters make a union happiest"- Charles Reade
6 characterized by opposite extremes; completely opposed; "in diametric contradiction to his claims"; "diametrical (or opposite) points of view"; "opposite meanings"; "extreme and indefensible polar positions" [syn: diametric, diametrical, polar]


1 two words that express opposing concepts; "to him the opposite of gay was depressed" [syn: antonym, opposite word]
2 a relation of direct opposition; "we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true" [syn: reverse, contrary]
3 a contestant that you are matched against [syn: opposition, opponent]
4 something inverted in sequence or character or effect; "when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse" [syn: inverse] adv : directly facing each other; "the two photographs lay face-to-face on the table"; "lived all their lives in houses face-to-face across the street"; "they sat opposite at the table" [syn: face-to-face]

User Contributed Dictionary



oppositus, from opponere, to oppose


  • (UK): /ˈɒpəzɪt/, /"Qp@zIt/
  • (US): /ˈɑpəzɪt/, /"Ap@zIt/


  1. located directly across from something else, or from each other
    She saw him walking on the opposite side of the road.
  2. facing in the other direction
    They were moving in opposite directions.
  3. of either of two complementary or mutually exclusive things
    He has a lot of success with the opposite sex.

Derived terms


located directly across from
facing the other way
  • Czech: opačný
  • Finnish: vastakkainen
  • German: entgegengesetzt
  • Hebrew:
  • Hungarian: ellentétes
of complementary or mutually exclusive things
  • Arabic:
  • Czech: opačný
  • Dutch: tegenovergestelde
  • Finnish: vastakkainen
  • German: andere
  • Japanese: あべこべな


  1. something opposite or contrary to another
  2. an opponent
  3. an antonym
    "Up" is the opposite of "down".

Derived terms


contrary thing


  1. in an opposite position
    I was on my seat and she stood opposite.


in an opposite position
  • Dutch: tegenover
  • Finnish: vastapäätä
  • German: gegenüber
  • Japanese: あべこべに (abekobe ni)


  1. facing, or across from
    He lives opposite the pub.
  2. in a complementary role to
    He played opposite Marilyn Monroe.


across from
  • Czech: naproti, proti
  • Dutch: tegenover
  • Finnish: vastapäätä
  • French: en face de
  • German: gegenüber
in a complementary role to

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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