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 for 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.
     [1913 Webster]

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.
        [1913 Webster]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
              How becomingly does Philopolis exercise his office,
              and seasonably commit the opponent with the
              respondent, like a long-practiced moderator! --Dr.
                                                    H. More.
        [1913 Webster]
     Syn: Antagonist; opposer; foe. See Adversary.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: characterized by active hostility; "opponent (or
             opposing) armies" [syn: opponent, opposing]
      n 1: a contestant that you are matched against [syn:
           opposition, opponent, opposite]
      2: someone who offers opposition [syn: adversary,
         antagonist, opponent, opposer, resister] [ant:

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  53 Moby Thesaurus words for "opponent":
     adversary, adversative, adverse, alien, antagonist, antagonistic,
     anti, antipathetic, antithetic, assailant, clashing, combatant,
     competitive, competitor, con, conflicting, contender, contestant,
     contradictory, contrary, counter, counteragent, cross,
     disaccordant, disputant, dissentient, enemy, foe, fractious,
     hostile, inimical, match, negative, noncooperative, obstinate,
     opposed, opposer, opposing, opposite, oppositional, oppositive,
     oppugnant, overthwart, perverse, recalcitrant, refractory,
     repugnant, rival, the opposition, uncooperative, unfavorable,
     unfriendly, unpropitious

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