American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An opponent; an enemy.
- n. The Devil; Satan. Often used with the.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Opposed; opposite to; adverse: antagonistic: as, “adversary forces,” Bp. King.
- In law, having an opposing party, in contradistinction to unopposed: as, an adversary suit.
- n. One who acts adversely or inimically; an unfriendly opponent or antagonist; an enemy.
- n. Specifically [capitalized] The devil; Satan as the general enemy of mankind: as, the wiles of the Adversary.
- n. An opponent in a contest; one who contends against another or strives for victory; a contestant.
- n. Synonyms and Adversary, Antagonist, Opponent, Enemy, Foe. These words vary in strength according as they express spirit, action, or relation. A foe has most of the spirit of enmity, or is actively hostile. The word is more used in poetry than in prose. Enemy, as denoting an opponent in war, or a member of an opposing party, does not necessarily imply personal hostility. Opponent, adversary, and antagonist are less severe in their opposition, and need have no animosity. Opponent is often a passive word; antagonist is always active and personal. A man may be our opponent in an argument or a lawsuit, our adversary in a game, as chess, our antagonist in a wrestling- or boxing-match, or other occasion of strenuous exertion: the choice between the three words depends chiefly upon the measure of activity involved. In the Bible, adversary covers the meaning of all five words.
- To antagonize; oppose.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who is turned against another or others with a design to oppose or resist them; a member of an opposing or hostile party; an opponent; an antagonist; an enemy; a foe.
- adj. Archaic Opposed; opposite; adverse; antagonistic.
- adj. (Law) Having an opposing party; not unopposed.
- n. someone who offers opposition
- Anglo-Norman aversaire (in Wace's Life of Saint Margaret), from Old French aversier, aversaire (French adversaire), from Latin adversārius, from adversus ("turned toward"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English adversarie, from Latin adversārius, enemy, from adversus, against; see adverse. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Under other circumstances I might have dreaded an encounter with such a hideous-looking adversary -- for an _adversary_ I deemed him.”
“How gratifying to conclude that my adversary is the embodiment of evil, while I am the embodiment of good.”
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“China, the new global power and thus our competitor if not adversary is laughing at us.”
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“What Tezrene, and Bacco herself, had not anticipated was that this upstart alliance would be so brazen as to attempt recruiting new membership from those they called adversary.”
“The ultimate adversary is not a madman or a tyrant wielding a powerful gimmick nor is it an unknown alien power, but prejudice, mistrust, xenophobia and pride.”
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“In trying to recover his lost valuables, Daniel discovers that his beautiful adversary is in fact a philosopher-thief who lives in a shadowy world of outlaws and émigrés.”
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