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1. opposition  (noun) 
the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with; "he encountered a general feeling of resistance from many citizens"; "despite opposition from the newspapers he went ahead"

  Also known as: resistance

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lockout - a management action resisting employee''s demands
reaction - doing something in opposition to another way of doing it that you don''t like
anti-takeover defense - resistance to or defense against a hostile takeover

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2. opposition  (noun) 
the act of opposing groups confronting each other; "the government was not ready for a confrontation with the unions"; "the invaders encountered stiff opposition"

  Also known as: confrontation

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strikebreaking - confrontational activities intended to break up a strike by workers

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3. opposition  (noun) 
a body of people united in opposing something

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Iraqi National Congress / INC - a heterogeneous collection of groups united in their opposition to Saddam Hussein''s government of Iraq

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4. opposition  (noun) 
a political party opposed to the party in power and prepared to replace it if elected; "Her Majesty''s loyal opposition"

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    party     political party

5. opposition  (noun) 
an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force); "a soldier must be prepared to kill his enemies"

  Also known as: enemy, foe, foeman

    military / armed forces / armed services / military machine / war machine

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besieger - an enemy who lays siege to your position

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    adversary     antagonist     opponent     opposer     resister

6. opposition  (noun) 
a contestant that you are matched against

  Also known as: opponent, opposite

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7. opposition  (noun) 
a direction opposite to another

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orthogonality / perpendicularity / orthogonal opposition - the relation of opposition between things at right angles
antipodal / antipodal opposition / diametrical opposition - the relation of opposition along a diameter
enantiomorphism / mirror-image relation - the relation of opposition between crystals or molecules that are reflections of one another

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8. opposition  (noun) 
the relation between opposed entities

  Also known as: oppositeness

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antipode - direct opposite
antithesis - exact opposite
conflict - opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot)
contrast / direct contrast - the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared
mutual opposition / polarity - a relation between two opposite attributes or tendencies
gradable opposition - an opposition that is capable of being graded
polarity / sign - having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges)
ungradable opposition - an opposition that has no intermediate grade
contradictoriness - the relation that exists when opposites cannot coexist
contradiction - opposition between two conflicting forces or ideas
contrary - exact opposition
contrariety - the relation between contraries
tertium quid - some third thing similar to two opposites but distinct from both
reverse / contrary / opposite - a relation of direct opposition
inverse / opposite - something inverted in sequence or character or effect
antagonism - the relation between opposing principles or forces or factors

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