Definition of over against in English:

over against


  • 1Adjacent to.

    ‘over against the wall’
    • ‘A teacher who had joined the insurgents keeled over against him and whispered, ‘There is no god but God ‘, before dying.’’
    • ‘The bed that was in the center of the room was now over against the left wall.’
    • ‘He spied three familiar figures hunched over against the wall.’
    • ‘A voice called out, telling them to settle down, and they seated themselves on a mismatch of assorted chairs, a couple perching themselves on barrels and bales over against the wall.’
    • ‘Instead it stands over against this process like a mirror held up to it.’
  • 2In contrast with.

    ‘over against heaven is hell’
    • ‘She is attempting to define herself over against the established powers.’
    • ‘In fact, the New Testament is clearer and fuller on this than the Old Testament, as can be seen by looking at what Jesus, the incarnate Son of God, taught about Hell, over against the prophets, for example.’
    • ‘She put her sixth-century royal French name and wealth to work for a safe and peaceful women's religious community over against the violence and brutality around her.’
    • ‘The Commentary on the Song of Songs points much more in this direction, in that the synagogue and the church are set over against one another as the ‘old Eve’ and the ‘new Eve.’’
    • ‘The Report could have chosen to speak in the strident tone of the Apocalypse, defining the church over against the whore of Babylon.’
    • ‘They do not need to define Christianity as a religion of grace over against a religion of law, because they discover in the actual words of Paul that no such contrast exists in his letters.’
    • ‘Evangelical Protestantism defines itself over against mainline Protestantism.’
    • ‘He sets over against this his own clear spiritual position.’
    • ‘From that perspective, a main problem in the book is its tendency to posit psychosocial explanations over against ecclesiastical, theological, and philosophical turns.’
    • ‘But to find this a compelling argument, one must already be convinced of the inalienable sanctity of choice, over against every other social good.’