Definition of in opposition in English:

in opposition


  • 1In contrast or conflict.

    ‘they found themselves in opposition to state policy’
    • ‘So we actually have several different views that are completely in opposition to one another.’
    • ‘He will never start a movement in opposition to those he condemns, because that would be sticking his neck out.’
    • ‘John too stood in opposition to the notion that credentials made a difference in matters of faith.’
    • ‘Most hip hop emerging out of South Africa today positions itself in opposition to kwaito music.’
    • ‘In fact, wisdom and faith are not really in opposition to one another.’
    • ‘It's very easy to be in opposition to the government if your vote doesn't matter.’
    • ‘I have no quarrel with people who hold personal beliefs that are in opposition to mine.’
    • ‘In many parts of the country, local groups have formed committees in opposition to the plan.’
    • ‘More than 200 students rallied at the doors of the meeting in opposition to the fee increase.’
    • ‘You put yourself in opposition to a number of Republicans, as well, on immigration.’
    1. 1.1 (of a major political party) not forming the government.
      ‘the objectives of the party while in opposition’
      • ‘In Federal Germany the Social Democrats remained, likewise, in opposition until 1966.’
      • ‘Labour-type parties that are in opposition in Europe are trying to gain from the revolt against neo-liberalism.’
      • ‘However, in 1895 the Liberals lost power and remained in opposition for the next 11 years.’
      • ‘That is how a political party in opposition is transformed into a governing party.’
      • ‘Having spent a political eternity in opposition, the Liberal Democrats now find themselves in power.’
      • ‘All other parties had worn themselves down in parliament, either in opposition or in government.’
      • ‘And there are those who say that because we are in opposition we should be opposing the government.’
      • ‘Despite eight miserable years in opposition the party still seems reluctant to take this lesson on board.’
      • ‘Of course, a government may claim that a problem is never exactly the same as it appeared when it was a party in opposition.’
      • ‘He has fought against it in government, in opposition and within his own party.’
      • ‘Since independence, the order has played a significant role in government, either in coalition or in opposition.’
      • ‘The Labour party had 18 years in opposition to think about its favoured structure.’
      • ‘The Labour Party changed quite radically during its long years in opposition.’
      • ‘He spent most of his parliamentary life in opposition during the Thatcher years.’
      • ‘What might be the legacies of three terms of a New Labour government and what would be the direction of the Labour Party in opposition?’
      • ‘Who takes over as leader of the Labour Party in opposition, I wonder?’
      • ‘In the 1997 election, Labour was returned to office after 18 years in opposition.’
      • ‘Hard choices were what he really imposed on his party in opposition, not a spiritual journey.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, it could be better for the future of the party to be in opposition and have some time to regroup.’
      • ‘The time for generating new ideas is while a party is in opposition.’