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Definition of Opponent


  1. Situated in front; opposite; hence, opposing; adverse; antagonistic.
  2. One who opposes; an adversary; an antagonist; a foe.
  3. One who opposes in a disputation, argument, or other verbal controversy; specifically, one who attacks some theirs or proposition, in distinction from the respondent, or defendant, who maintains it.

Opponent Quotations

If your opponent is of choleric temper, irritate him.
Sun Tzu

I feel as if I were a piece in a game of chess, when my opponent says of it: That piece cannot be moved.
Soren Kierkegaard

I was taught you never, ever disrespect your opponent or your teammates or your organization or your manager and never, ever your uniform.
Ryne Sandberg

Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate.
Sun Tzu

If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.
Thomas J. Watson
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Opponent Translations

opponent in Dutch is tegenstander
opponent in French is contradicteur, adversaire, antagoniste
opponent in German is entgegengesetzt, Gegner
opponent in Italian is avversario
opponent in Latin is inimicus
opponent in Portuguese is oponente
opponent in Spanish is adversario, antagonista
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