Definition of opposed in English:

opposed

adjective

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

    ‘he was opposed to discrimination’
    • ‘Now you still get a majority opposed to integration, but when you add the word strongly you get a minority.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The government says it is opposed to paying ransom, but cannot prevent families of victims from making their own arrangements.’
    • ‘So, I'm not totally opposed to hormone replacement.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It facilitates construction of a reasoned argument by those opposed to a measure in its present form.’
    • ‘I am adamantly opposed to the presently proposed route.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of those who disagreed to some extent, 99% said nurses were opposed to parental presence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We are opposed to discrimination on the grounds of gender, religion, sexuality, race, and disability.’
    • ‘I only had one man last week who was opposed to the ban.’
    • ‘The Pennsylvania delegates are adamantly opposed to pension cuts.’
    • ‘He then tells the story of the Guggenheim's construction and how he was originally opposed to it.’
    • ‘‘Such implications are horrendous and Huntington Parish Council is totally opposed to such savage erosion of the local Green Belt,’ he said.’
    • ‘While I am not opposed to the construction of a new reactor at Lucas Heights, there are many who are.’
    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’
      • ‘Most of us were opposed to the communist oppression, whereas he went out and fought it.’
      • ‘He said that if the community was opposed to the project, it wouldn't proceed.’
      • ‘She said: ‘The whole of the community is opposed to this ridiculous plan and we are not beaten yet.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Those opposed to communism were held back from repatriation, which began in late December 1946.’
      • ‘The reality is that the business community is strongly opposed to this legislation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Pope John Paul was also vigorously opposed to solving conflicts through military force.’
      • ‘Of the three main parties, it's the one vehemently opposed to the conflict.’
      • ‘As our interviews revealed, even after nearly two decades of civil war and the promotion of ethnic divisions, many people are opposed to communalism.’
      • ‘Supporters of Franco greeted it with undisguised hostility, while those opposed to the regime hailed the movie, clearly responding to its symbolism.’
      • ‘The wave of opposition to war crimes comes from millions of people across all communities absolutely opposed to racism in all forms.’
      • ‘Yamamoto was opposed to conflict with America.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As an Englishman opposed to Indian independence, Churchill was naturally unsympathetic to the leader of the national movement.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘More than this, it is a blatant distortion of the historical record to claim that only McCarthy was opposed to Communist spies.’
      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’
    • ‘The two were diametrically opposed perspectives.’
    • ‘Politicians offer diametrically opposed summations of vital world scenarios and present it all as fact.’
    • ‘But they draw diametrically opposed conclusions as to the meaning of this link.’
    • ‘North American audiences will be exposed to two diametrically opposed interpretations of the material when he brings the project to their towns.’
    • ‘Why are they so diametrically opposed to each other?’
    • ‘Definitions of what was at stake were thus diametrically opposed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As I see it and as I think the articles in this issue indicate, these two positions are neither diametrically opposed nor contradictory.’
    • ‘According to Djoko, the two bills were diametrically opposed.’
    • ‘It involved the clash of two diametrically opposed historical perspectives.’
    • ‘A clash of diametrically opposed philosophies is never settled rapidly nor, necessarily, rationally.’
    • ‘Among the small pool of swing voters in this fall's election, there are two groups with diametrically opposed political views.’
    • ‘This is a key point, since there is the potential for diametrically opposed viewpoints on park usage between these two groups.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have no idea how he reconciles these two diametrically opposed stances.’
    • ‘I chose these diametrically opposed papers on the basis that they would give me a balanced view when answering the boards' questions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'd offer some cogent analysis at this point, but I'm torn between two diametrically opposed viewpoints.’
    • ‘They both remembered their paternal grandmother but with diametrically opposed reactions.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The style now is more urban, more freestyle as opposed to obviously choreographed.’
      • ‘Wenger thinks deeply about how to give his players what they need, as opposed to what they want.’
      • ‘Sometimes such optimism leads you to see the world as you wish it were as opposed to how it really is.’
      • ‘In terms of this bill, it is important to think about what the bill is not, as opposed to what it is.’
      • ‘I now follow what is good medicine as opposed to what just makes people happier.’
      • ‘What do you see as the challenges on this circuit as opposed to most others?’
      • ‘It is also a big help to be playing regularly every week as opposed to 12 times a season.’
      • ‘He just gave us a diatribe on what there is now, as opposed to what there was in the past.’
      • ‘Why should they be here, together, as opposed to anywhere else on the mussel bed?’
      in contrast with, as against, as contrasted with, as an alternative to, rather than, instead of
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Pronunciation

opposed

/əˈpəʊzd/