One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he beat his Republican opponent by a landslide’
rival, adversary, opposer, the opposition, fellow contestant, competitor, fellow competitor, other candidate, other competitor, other contestant, other player, enemy, foe, antagonist, combatant, contender, challenger, critic, dissenter, disputant, objector
ally, partner, colleague
2‘an opponent of the economic reforms’
opposer, objector, dissident, dissenter, rejectionist
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