a person who offers opposition; a member of an opposition.

1765–75; opposition + -ist

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To oppositionist
World English Dictionary
opposition (ˌɒpəˈzɪʃən)
1.  the act of opposing or the state of being opposed
2.  hostility, unfriendliness, or antagonism
3.  a person or group antagonistic or opposite in aims to another
4.  a.  the opposition a political party or group opposed to the ruling party or government
 b.  (capital as part of a name, esp in Britain and other Commonwealth countries): Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition
 c.  in opposition (of a political party) opposing the government
5.  a position facing or opposite another
6.  the act of placing something facing or opposite something else
7.  something that acts as an obstacle to some course or progress
8.  astronomy
 a.  the position of an outer planet or the moon when it is in line or nearly in line with the earth as seen from the sun and is approximately at its nearest to the earth
 b.  Compare conjunction the position of two celestial bodies when they appear to be diametrically opposite each other on the celestial sphere
9.  astrology conjunction square See trine an exact aspect of 180° between two planets, etc, an orb of 8° being allowed
10.  logic
 a.  the relation between propositions having the same subject and predicate but differing in quality, quantity, or both, as with all men are wicked; no men are wicked; some men are not wicked
 b.  square of opposition a diagram representing these relations with the contradictory propositions at diagonally opposite corners
11.  chess the opposition a relative position of the kings in the endgame such that the player who has the move is at a disadvantage: his opponent has the opposition

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature