Definitions

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  • n. Someone who oppugns; an opponent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who opposes or attacks; that which opposes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who attacks or assails by act or by argument; an opposer; an opponent.

Etymologies

From oppugn. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Her jowly oppugner, lugubriously played by Roger Allam, makes this case for the defendant's guilt – he went on the internet.

    TV review: The Jury

  • What greater motive can there be than this burning lust? what so violent an oppugner?

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • English writers of the Platonic school were exempt, are the more extraordinary, as a sister error, judicial astrology, met in More with its most able oppugner.

    Discovery of Witches The Wonderfull Discoverie of Witches in the Countie of Lancaster

  • Now the burden of the proof lies with the oppugner, not with the supporters of the common belief.

    Biographia Literaria

  • December, 1535, "and informed him that he" had endeavoured, almost to the danger and hazard of my temporal life, to procure the nobility and gentry of this nation to due obedience in owning of his Highness their supreme head, as well spiritual as temporal; and do find much oppugning therein, especially by my brother Armagh, who hath been the main oppugner, and so hath withdrawn most of his suffragans and clergy within his see and diocese.

    An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800

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  • At least, said Ambrose as he went in, at least you are not a contumacious oppugner of our resistless mandates.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 6 ch. 1

    September 20, 2008