Definition of opposed in English:



  • 1[predicative] Eager to prevent or put an end to; disapproving of or disagreeing with.

    ‘opposed to the construction of nuclear power plants’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The government says it is opposed to paying ransom, but cannot prevent families of victims from making their own arrangements.’
    • ‘While I am not opposed to the construction of a new reactor at Lucas Heights, there are many who are.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of those who disagreed to some extent, 99% said nurses were opposed to parental presence.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘He then tells the story of the Guggenheim's construction and how he was originally opposed to it.’
    • ‘It facilitates construction of a reasoned argument by those opposed to a measure in its present form.’
    • ‘So, I'm not totally opposed to hormone replacement.’
    • ‘The Pennsylvania delegates are adamantly opposed to pension cuts.’
    • ‘Now you still get a majority opposed to integration, but when you add the word strongly you get a minority.’
    • ‘I only had one man last week who was opposed to the ban.’
    • ‘‘Such implications are horrendous and Huntington Parish Council is totally opposed to such savage erosion of the local Green Belt,’ he said.’
    • ‘I am adamantly opposed to nightly curfews for children.’
    • ‘We are opposed to discrimination on the grounds of gender, religion, sexuality, race, and disability.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1In conflict or disagreement with; hostile to.
      ‘most critics were opposed to the work’
      • ‘We're calling on trade unionists, community groups and everyone opposed to privatisation to come and support it.’
      • ‘Yamamoto was opposed to conflict with America.’
      • ‘Most of us were opposed to the communist oppression, whereas he went out and fought it.’
      • ‘She said: ‘The whole of the community is opposed to this ridiculous plan and we are not beaten yet.’’
      • ‘Those opposed to communism were held back from repatriation, which began in late December 1946.’
      • ‘I have been opposed to that for most of this conflict.’
      • ‘Pope John Paul was also vigorously opposed to solving conflicts through military force.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘More than this, it is a blatant distortion of the historical record to claim that only McCarthy was opposed to Communist spies.’
      • ‘He said that if the community was opposed to the project, it wouldn't proceed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Of the three main parties, it's the one vehemently opposed to the conflict.’
      • ‘As an Englishman opposed to Indian independence, Churchill was naturally unsympathetic to the leader of the national movement.’
      • ‘The wave of opposition to war crimes comes from millions of people across all communities absolutely opposed to racism in all forms.’
      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’
    • ‘This is a key point, since there is the potential for diametrically opposed viewpoints on park usage between these two groups.’
    • ‘They both remembered their paternal grandmother but with diametrically opposed reactions.’
    • ‘I have no idea how he reconciles these two diametrically opposed stances.’
    • ‘Why are they so diametrically opposed to each other?’
    • ‘I'd offer some cogent analysis at this point, but I'm torn between two diametrically opposed viewpoints.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sometimes we are diametrically opposed to each other.’
    • ‘It involved the clash of two diametrically opposed historical perspectives.’
    • ‘Among the small pool of swing voters in this fall's election, there are two groups with diametrically opposed political views.’
    • ‘Definitions of what was at stake were thus diametrically opposed.’
    • ‘North American audiences will be exposed to two diametrically opposed interpretations of the material when he brings the project to their towns.’
    • ‘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 chose these diametrically opposed papers on the basis that they would give me a balanced view when answering the boards' questions.’
    • ‘As I see it and as I think the articles in this issue indicate, these two positions are neither diametrically opposed nor contradictory.’
    • ‘A clash of diametrically opposed philosophies is never settled rapidly nor, necessarily, rationally.’
    • ‘According to Djoko, the two bills were diametrically opposed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When two such diametrically opposed yet astute observers agree, you can bet the politicians are sweating bullets.’
    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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