opposite

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French oposite, from Latin oppositus, perfect passive participle of I oppose. Compare oppose.

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Adjective[edit]

opposite (not comparable)

  1. Located directly across from something else, or from each other.
    She saw him walking on the opposite side of the road.
  2. Facing in the other direction.
    They were moving in opposite directions.
  3. Of either of two complementary or mutually exclusive things.
    He has a lot of success with the opposite sex.
  4. Extremely different; inconsistent; contrary; repugnant; antagonistic.
    • Dryden
      Novels, by which the reader is misled into another sort of pieasure opposite to that which is designed in an epic poem.
    • John Locke
      Particles of speech have divers, and sometimes almost opposite, significations.

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Noun[edit]

opposite (plural opposites)

  1. Something opposite or contrary to another.
  2. An opponent.
  3. An antonym.
    "Up" is the opposite of "down".
  4. (mathematics) An additive inverse.

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Adverb[edit]

opposite (not comparable)

  1. In an opposite position.
    I was on my seat and she stood opposite.

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Preposition[edit]

opposite

  1. Facing, or across from.
    He lives opposite the pub.
    • 1906, Stanley J. Weyman, Chippinge Borough, Ch.I:
      It was April 22, 1831, and a young man was walking down Whitehall in the direction of Parliament Street. []. He halted opposite the Privy Gardens, and, with his face turned skywards, listened until the sound of the Tower guns smote again on the ear and dispelled his doubts.
  2. In a complementary role to.
    He played opposite Marilyn Monroe.

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Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

opposite

  1. vocative masculine singular of oppositus

Middle French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

opposite m, f (plural opposites)

  1. opposite (located directly across from something else, or from each other)

Noun[edit]

opposite f (plural opposites)

  1. opposite side

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