I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin oppositus, past participle of opponere Date: 14th century 1. a. set over against something that is at the other end or side of an intervening line or space <
opposite interior angles
opposite ends of a diameter
b. situated in pairs on an axis with each member being separated from the other by half the circumference of the axis <
opposite leaves
— compare alternate 2. a. occupying an opposing and often antagonistic position <
opposite sides of the question
b. diametrically different (as in nature or character) <
opposite meanings
3. contrary to one another or to a thing specified ; reverse <
gave them opposite directions
4. being the other of a pair that are corresponding or complementary in position, function, or nature <
members of the opposite sex
5. of, relating to, or being the side of a baseball field that is near the first base line for a right-handed batter and near the third base line for a left-handed batter • oppositely adverboppositeness noun Synonyms: opposite, contradictory, contrary, antithetical mean being so far apart as to be or seem irreconcilable. opposite applies to things in sharp contrast or in conflict <
opposite views on foreign aid
. contradictory applies to two things that completely negate each other so that if one is true or valid the other must be untrue or invalid <
made contradictory predictions about whether the market would rise or fall
. contrary implies extreme divergence or diametrical opposition <
contrary assessments of the war situation
. antithetical stresses clear and unequivocal diametrical opposition <
a law that is antithetical to the very idea of democracy
. II. noun Date: 15th century 1. something that is opposed to some other often specified thing 2. antonym 3. additive inverse; especially the additive inverse of a real number III. adverb Date: 1667 on or to an opposite side IV. preposition Date: 1758 1. across from and usually facing or on the same level with <
sat opposite each other
2. in a role complementary to <
played opposite the leading man in the comedy

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