adversary Definition

  • 1one's opponent in a contest, conflict, or dispute
  • 2an enemy or foe

Using adversary: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "adversary" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He saw her as his main adversary in the upcoming election.

  • Example

    The company's biggest adversary is the current economic climate.

  • Example

    The superhero fought against his arch-nemesis and long-time adversary.

adversary Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for adversary

Antonyms for adversary

Phrases with adversary

  • a person who is a strong opponent and commands respect for their abilities


    She was a worthy adversary, and I had to work hard to beat her.

  • a person or thing that is very powerful or difficult to defeat


    The army faced a formidable adversary in the battle.

  • a person or group that has been an opponent for a long time


    The two teams faced each other again, renewing their old adversary.

Origins of adversary

from Latin 'adversarius', meaning 'opposed, hostile'


Summary: adversary in Brief

'Adversary' [ˈædvərsəri] refers to one's opponent in a contest, conflict, or dispute, or an enemy or foe. It can be used in various contexts, from politics to sports to superhero stories. Phrases like 'worthy adversary' and 'formidable adversary' denote a strong opponent, while 'old adversary' refers to a long-time opponent. 'Adversary' has formal synonyms like 'opponent' and 'antagonist,' and informal ones like 'enemy' and 'foe.'

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