Definition of adversary in English:

adversary

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈadvəs(ə)ri/
  • One's opponent in a contest, conflict, or dispute:

    ‘Davis beat his old adversary in the quarter-finals’
    • ‘For some, these may prove to be altogether more formidable adversaries.’
    • ‘I'm playing an old adversary on Monday, and we're both making excuses already.’
    • ‘Now, once more, we faced off like the old adversaries that we were.’
    • ‘He was a vigorous adversary to opponents, but he was also a very fair and honest man.’
    • ‘Ross is a friend as well as an old adversary, and I feel for him.’
    • ‘Military operations almost always involve an intense contest for time between adversaries.’
    • ‘The two old adversaries stared at each other across the room.’
    • ‘Once there, he expects to be coming up against an old adversary.’
    • ‘The trade unions in particular looked with deep suspicion at an administration still headed by their old adversary.’
    • ‘Located behind the knee, these tendons are not well exposed to an adversary facing his opponent from the front.’
    • ‘The game with their old adversaries from Germany could prove decisive.’
    • ‘Fans were delighted to hear their old adversary, Argentina, had crashed out of the tournament by failing to beat Sweden.’
    • ‘I believe he would prove to be a formidable adversary.’
    • ‘That made her much more formidable an adversary because she didn't have the usual narcissistic vanity.’
    • ‘Nat, I know, was humbled when he was told the lengths to which his old adversary had gone to honour his name.’
    • ‘Its results depend on the opinion the opponent has of his adversary's capability to win.’
    • ‘You must have thought you had seen the last of your old adversary!’
    • ‘I will face them and show them I am a formidable adversary.’
    • ‘They want nothing to do with their old adversaries, or be associated with them in anyway.’
    • ‘Liam bumped into his old adversary in London's Camden Town recently and berated him for old time's sake.’
    opponent, rival, enemy, foe, nemesis, antagonist, combatant, challenger, contender, competitor, opposer, fellow contestant
    opposition, competition
    corrival
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adjective

Pronunciation: /ˈadvəs(ə)ri//adˈvəːsəri//ˈadvəs(ə)ri/
  • ‘the confrontations of adversary politics’
    another term for adversarial
    • ‘Amendments to the Criminal Procedure law in 1996 introduced adversary elements to the fact-finding process in criminal trials.’
    • ‘This right is fundamental to the adversary system of justice in the Untied States.’
    • ‘The original inspection process, which lasted several years, developed into an adversary process.’
    • ‘There is too much at stake in this relationship for either side to really push an adversary agenda with the other.’
    • ‘You see under the adversary system, as I've said, the parties produce the evidence.’
    • ‘It is a necessary concomitant or consequence of this particular system which is an inquisitorial system, rather than a strict adversary system.’
    • ‘If the chief virtue of the adversary system lies in giving opposing parties a hearing, its greatest vice lies in giving those parties an incentive to silence each other.’
    • ‘She also focuses on the ways in which the use of the adversary method as a paradigm of philosophy limits and distorts the work of philosophers.’
    • ‘For generations, Scotland has maintained an adversary culture, defining itself by its differences from England.’
    • ‘It's got an adversary system that obscures the truth; trials are run by lawyers and they don't have much interest in truth and justice.’
    • ‘If it ever rises to the 80% range, the current adversary relationship would have to change.’
    • ‘In the adversary system, we depend on lawyers to bring cases.’
    • ‘It is the classic adversary system which overlaps with a two-party system, and the arguments and votes are often predictable.’
    • ‘Cynical adversary stances are not helpful - belief is necessary.’
    • ‘Mr Chairman, in our country and the House in particular, we have an adversary system.’
    • ‘You are not judges now, but advocates under this adversary system we have been discussing.’
    • ‘Winner-take-all electoral systems and adversary politics result in truth being irrelevant.’
    • ‘The adversary procedure followed in a court of law is not appropriate in its investigations.’
    • ‘The very adversary structure that put me off from litigation is now the norm in political life in general and political life is not a place for honest exchange.’
    • ‘Our legal system is fundamentally an adversary system - and this solution would betray its very nature.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French adversarie, from Latin adversarius opposed, opponent, from adversus (see adverse).

Pronunciation:

adversary

Noun/ˈadvəs(ə)ri/

adversary

Adjective/ˈadvəs(ə)ri//ˈadvəs(ə)ri/