Definition of opposed in English:

opposed

adjective

  • 1opposed toAnxious to prevent or put an end to; disagreeing with.

    ‘he was opposed to discrimination’
    • ‘Personally, I am adamantly opposed to armed force and belong to a peace church that has a 450-year history of speaking out against all violence.’
    • ‘‘Such implications are horrendous and Huntington Parish Council is totally opposed to such savage erosion of the local Green Belt,’ he said.’
    • ‘It facilitates construction of a reasoned argument by those opposed to a measure in its present form.’
    • ‘The government says it is opposed to paying ransom, but cannot prevent families of victims from making their own arrangements.’
    • ‘I only had one man last week who was opposed to the ban.’
    • ‘So, I'm not totally opposed to hormone replacement.’
    • ‘I am adamantly opposed to the presently proposed route.’
    • ‘While I am not opposed to the construction of a new reactor at Lucas Heights, there are many who are.’
    • ‘We are opposed to discrimination on the grounds of gender, religion, sexuality, race, and disability.’
    • ‘Of those who disagreed to some extent, 99% said nurses were opposed to parental presence.’
    • ‘Now you still get a majority opposed to integration, but when you add the word strongly you get a minority.’
    • ‘He then tells the story of the Guggenheim's construction and how he was originally opposed to it.’
    • ‘‘I was opposed to the early release because I couldn't believe somebody capable of doing that could change in only two years,’ said Mrs Murray.’
    • ‘Nor was there anything to prevent those opposed to the whole concept of school board education from standing for election and, if successful, from hampering the development of the system.’
    • ‘If she is so opposed to our system and way of life, why doesn't she pass up the profits, live like a pauper, and play in cafes and on street corners?’
    • ‘According to Mrs Newby, there is a silent majority of people in the village opposed to the construction of the new hall next to St Mary's.’
    • ‘Ordinarily, I'm opposed to capital punishment, but in this case I don't think the court has any choice but to impose the maximum penalty provided by law.’
    • ‘Personally, I'm opposed to the death penalty, but I can't understand why this person deserves it less than others who don't get clemency.’
    • ‘I am adamantly opposed to nightly curfews for children.’
    • ‘The Pennsylvania delegates are adamantly opposed to pension cuts.’
    against, set against, dead set against
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    1. 1.1 In conflict with or hostile to.
      ‘parties opposed to the ruling party’
      • ‘As an Englishman opposed to Indian independence, Churchill was naturally unsympathetic to the leader of the national movement.’
      • ‘Of the three main parties, it's the one vehemently opposed to the conflict.’
      • ‘Pope John Paul was also vigorously opposed to solving conflicts through military force.’
      • ‘Most of us were opposed to the communist oppression, whereas he went out and fought it.’
      • ‘More than this, it is a blatant distortion of the historical record to claim that only McCarthy was opposed to Communist spies.’
      • ‘When the writer in question is a citizen of one of the warring nations, yet is also opposed to the political orthodoxies of his people, the hostility is often particularly intense.’
      • ‘Supporters of Franco greeted it with undisguised hostility, while those opposed to the regime hailed the movie, clearly responding to its symbolism.’
      • ‘As our interviews revealed, even after nearly two decades of civil war and the promotion of ethnic divisions, many people are opposed to communalism.’
      • ‘However after her death in 1999, it was revealed that she had been giving money in secret to Portugal's Communist Party and other groups opposed to the fascist regime.’
      • ‘The reality is that the business community is strongly opposed to this legislation.’
      • ‘Although as a young man he didn't tend to dwell on the dangers facing him, the devastation and suffering of the conflict has left Lord Harewood strongly opposed to warfare.’
      • ‘She said: ‘The whole of the community is opposed to this ridiculous plan and we are not beaten yet.’’
      • ‘We're calling on trade unionists, community groups and everyone opposed to privatisation to come and support it.’
      • ‘I have been opposed to that for most of this conflict.’
      • ‘Some residents claimed the fence created a ‘no-go’ area and council leader Richard Knowles said he was opposed to any physical divide between the two communities.’
      • ‘Those opposed to communism were held back from repatriation, which began in late December 1946.’
      • ‘The wave of opposition to war crimes comes from millions of people across all communities absolutely opposed to racism in all forms.’
      • ‘I never quite understood why the West was so vehemently opposed to Communism, since it is only as bad as Fascism in practice, but immensely preferable in theory.’
      • ‘He said that if the community was opposed to the project, it wouldn't proceed.’
      • ‘Yamamoto was opposed to conflict with America.’
      averse, antagonistic, ill-disposed, unsympathetic, antipathetic, inimical
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  • 2(of two or more things) contrasting or conflicting with each other.

    ‘the agency is being asked to do two diametrically opposed things’
    • ‘I have no idea how he reconciles these two diametrically opposed stances.’
    • ‘Politicians offer diametrically opposed summations of vital world scenarios and present it all as fact.’
    • ‘Definitions of what was at stake were thus diametrically opposed.’
    • ‘They both remembered their paternal grandmother but with diametrically opposed reactions.’
    • ‘Sparks would likely fly in such an encounter as the two have been known to hold diametrically opposed visions on the role of English in Quebec.’
    • ‘The two were diametrically opposed perspectives.’
    • ‘I'd offer some cogent analysis at this point, but I'm torn between two diametrically opposed viewpoints.’
    • ‘Why are they so diametrically opposed to each other?’
    • ‘According to Djoko, the two bills were diametrically opposed.’
    • ‘After we'd sniffed around each other a bit to establish our diametrically opposed positions, he challenged me with one of the feebler bits of rhetoric the faithful adopt to clinch the argument.’
    • ‘But they draw diametrically opposed conclusions as to the meaning of this link.’
    • ‘A clash of diametrically opposed philosophies is never settled rapidly nor, necessarily, rationally.’
    • ‘When two such diametrically opposed yet astute observers agree, you can bet the politicians are sweating bullets.’
    • ‘Sometimes we are diametrically opposed to each other.’
    • ‘This is a key point, since there is the potential for diametrically opposed viewpoints on park usage between these two groups.’
    • ‘It involved the clash of two diametrically opposed historical perspectives.’
    • ‘North American audiences will be exposed to two diametrically opposed interpretations of the material when he brings the project to their towns.’
    • ‘As I see it and as I think the articles in this issue indicate, these two positions are neither diametrically opposed nor contradictory.’
    • ‘Among the small pool of swing voters in this fall's election, there are two groups with diametrically opposed political views.’
    • ‘I chose these diametrically opposed papers on the basis that they would give me a balanced view when answering the boards' questions.’
    conflicting, contrasting, incompatible, irreconcilable, antithetical, contradictory, clashing, contrary, different, differing, at variance, at odds, divergent, dissimilar, disagreeing, opposing, opposite, poles apart, polar
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Phrases

  • as opposed to

    • Distinguished from or in contrast with.

      ‘an approach that is theoretical as opposed to practical’
      • ‘In terms of this bill, it is important to think about what the bill is not, as opposed to what it is.’
      • ‘Why should they be here, together, as opposed to anywhere else on the mussel bed?’
      • ‘I now follow what is good medicine as opposed to what just makes people happier.’
      • ‘Sometimes such optimism leads you to see the world as you wish it were as opposed to how it really is.’
      • ‘He just gave us a diatribe on what there is now, as opposed to what there was in the past.’
      • ‘What do you see as the challenges on this circuit as opposed to most others?’
      • ‘Wenger thinks deeply about how to give his players what they need, as opposed to what they want.’
      • ‘The style now is more urban, more freestyle as opposed to obviously choreographed.’
      • ‘All that this assumes is that we have some grip on the idea of doing what is morally right, as opposed to what is wrong.’
      • ‘It is also a big help to be playing regularly every week as opposed to 12 times a season.’
      in contrast with, as against, as contrasted with, as an alternative to, rather than, instead of
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Pronunciation

opposed

/əˈpəʊzd/