Opposite

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Opposite Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0


  • two words that express opposing concepts; "to him the opposite of gay was depressed"
  • a contestant that you are matched against
  • a relation of direct opposition; "we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true"
  • something inverted in sequence or character or effect; "when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse"
  • of leaves etc; growing in pairs on either side of a stem; "opposite leaves"
  • characterized by opposite extremes; completely opposed; "in diametric contradiction to his claims"; "diametrical (or opposite) points of view"; "opposite meanings"; "extreme and indefensible polar positions"
  • altogether different in nature or quality or significance; "the medicine''s effect was opposite to that intended"; "it is said that opposite characters make a union happiest"- Charles Reade
  • the other one of a complementary pair; "the opposite sex"; "the two chess kings are set up on squares of opposite colors"
  • being directly across from each other; facing; "And I on the opposite shore will be, ready to ride and spread the alarm"- Longfellow; "we lived on opposite sides of the street"; "at opposite poles"
  • moving or facing away from each other; "looking in opposite directions"; "they went in opposite directions"
  • directly facing each other; "the two photographs lay face-to-face on the table"; "lived all their lives in houses face-to-face across the street"; "they sat opposite at the table"

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • a word that expresses a meaning opposed to the meaning of another word, in which case the two words are antonyms of each other; "to him the antonym of `gay' was `depressed'" ,
  • a relation of direct opposition; "we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true" ,
  • a contestant that you are matched against ,
  • something inverted in sequence or character or effect; "when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse"

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Opposite'


  • Opposite: Opposite may refer to: Opposite (semantics), a word that means the reverse of a word In botany opposite is a kind of arrangement of leaves Additive
  • Opposite-colored bishops endgame: The opposite-colored bishops endgame is a chess endgame in which each side has a single bishop, but the bishops reside on opposite-colored squares on the
  • Opposite sex: Opposite sex may refer to: A phrase used in the discussion of gender The Opposite Sex, a 1956 musical film The Opposite of Sex, a 1998 film The Opposite
  • Opposite Day: For the 2009 comedy film, see Opposite Day (film). For the parliamentary mechanism, see Opposition day. Opposite Day is an unofficial holiday, commonly
  • The Opposite: For other uses, see Opposite. "The Opposite" is the 86th episode of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld, which was also the 22nd episode of the fifth season. It aired
  • Opposite (song): "Opposite" is a song by Scottish alternative rock band Biffy Clyro, released as the third single from the band's sixth studio album, Opposites (2013)
  • Opposite field: Opposite field is a baseball term that refers to the area of the outfield that faces the hitter, which would be right field for a right-hander and left
  • Opposite category: In category theory, a branch of mathematics, the opposite category or dual category Cop of a given category C is formed by reversing the morphisms, i.e
  • Opposite ring: In algebra, the opposite of a ring is another ring with the same elements and addition operation, but with the multiplication performed in the reverse

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* The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That's nonsense in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born. Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led. - Warren Bennis

* America is so vast that almost everything said about it is likely to be true, and the opposite is probably equally true. - James T. Farrell

* Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so jointed that they cannot be separated often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them. - Logan Pearsall Smith


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