[ US /ˈɑpəzət, ˈɑpzət/ ]
[ UK /ˈɒpəsˌɪt/ ]
[ UK /ˈɒpəsˌɪt/ ]
characterized by opposite extremes; completely opposed
extreme and indefensible polar positions
diametrical (or opposite) points of view
in diametric contradiction to his claims
being directly across from each other; facing
at opposite poles
we lived on opposite sides of the street
And I on the opposite shore will be, ready to ride and spread the alarm
moving or facing away from each other
they went in opposite directions
looking in opposite directions
the other one of a complementary pair
the two chess kings are set up on squares of opposite colors
the opposite sex
altogether different in nature or quality or significance
it is said that opposite characters make a union happiest
the medicine's effect was opposite to that intended
of leaves etc; growing in pairs on either side of a stem
a relation of direct opposition
we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true
a word that expresses a meaning opposed to the meaning of another word, in which case the two words are antonyms of each other
to him the antonym of `gay' was `depressed'
- a contestant that you are matched against
something inverted in sequence or character or effect
when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse
directly facing each other
the two photographs lay face-to-face on the table
they sat opposite at the table
lived all their lives in houses face-to-face across the street
How To Use opposite In A Sentence
- The magnificent 18 th-century mansion is set in private landscaped grounds at the edge of the town, opposite the golf links and West Sands but totally screened by trees, woods and 18-foot high lodge gates.
- Jim had hustled over quietly and begun to help out with the horseshoeing, expecting ridicule from the likes of Hugh Glass or old Zeke Williams, who had just arrived at the rendezvous, but, to his surprise, the fact that he was married to a woman of such pure fire produced the very opposite of the effect he had feared. The Berrybender Narratives
- by lawful/legal means. Lawful tends to be used in technical or literary contexts. The same is true of the opposites, unlawful and illegal, but illegal is used especially about criminal activities. Legal also means 'connected with the law':the US legal system.
- As Locke and Jean stumbled to their feet, the door on the wall opposite the window slammed open, and in stepped a broad-shouldered man with the slablike muscles of a stevedore or a smith. Archive 2008-07-01
- This kind of discourse is at the opposite pole from storytelling as defined by Benjamin.
- The next morning we passed a large island, opposite to which on the north is a large and beautiful prairie, called Sauk prairie, the land being fine and well timbered on both sides the river. History of the Expedition Under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, to the Sources of the Missouri, Thence Across the Rocky Mountains and Down the River Columbia to the Pacific Ocean
- Just as Peter Crouch the binman may find his lanky frame considerably less alluring to the opposite sex. Archive 2009-07-01
- Indeed, there's reason to hope that even the most benighted moral equivocators may come to realize that the message is the exact opposite of the one they've been preaching.
- If only the local toerags sitting opposite knew what thrills these cardboard tubes contained.
- Finally, a small number of participants discussed their experiences with gender-bending - that is, pretending to be of the opposite sex - during an online sexual encounter.