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- opposit (archaic)
opposite (not comparable)
- Located directly across from something else, or from each other.
- She saw him walking on the opposite side of the road.
- (botany) Of leaves and flowers, positioned directly across from each other on a stem.
- Facing in the other direction.
- They were moving in opposite directions.
- Of either of two complementary or mutually exclusive things.
- He is attracted to the opposite sex.
- Extremely different; inconsistent; contrary; repugnant; antagonistic.
- 1697, “[Dedication]”, in John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. […], London: […] Jacob Tonson, […], OCLC 403869432:
- Novels, by which the reader is misled into another sort of pieasure opposite to that which is designed in an epick poem.
- 1689 (indicated as 1690), [John Locke], An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. […], London: […] Eliz[abeth] Holt, for Thomas Basset, […], OCLC 153628242:, Book III
- Particles of speech have divers, and sometimes almost opposite, significations.
located directly across from
facing the other way
of complementary or mutually exclusive things
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opposite (plural opposites)
- Something opposite or contrary to something else.
- A person or thing that is entirely different from or the reverse of someone or something else; used to show contrast between two people or two things.
- She is the opposite of her ex-boyfriend who abused her both physically and verbally nearly every day for five years. She now works as an advocate and supportive listener for others who have endured abusive relationships.
- An opponent.
- An antonym.
- "Up" is the opposite of "down".
- (mathematics) An additive inverse.
opposite (not comparable)
- In an opposite position.
- I was on my seat and she stood opposite.
- Where's the bus station? -Over there, just opposite.
in an opposite position
- Facing, or across from.
- He lives opposite the pub.
- 1906, Stanley J[ohn] Weyman, chapter I, in Chippinge Borough, New York, N.Y.: McClure, Phillips & Co., OCLC 580270828, page 01:
- 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.
- In a complementary role to.
- He played opposite Marilyn Monroe.
- (television) On another channel at the same time.
- The game show Just Men! aired opposite The Young and the Restless on CBS.
in a complementary role to
- opposite in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700, pre-publication website, 2005-2016
opposite m or f (plural opposites)
- opposite (located directly across from something else, or from each other)
opposite f (plural opposites)
- opposite side