a person, group, or force that opposes or attacks; opponent; enemy; foe.
a person, group, etc., that is an opponent in a contest; contestant.
the Adversary, the devil; Satan.
of or relating to an adversary.
involving adversaries, as plaintiff and defendant in a legal proceeding:
an adversary trial.
noun (pl) -saries
a person or group that is hostile to someone; enemy
an opposing contestant in a game or sport
the US term for adversarial (sense 2)
mid-14c., aduersere, from Anglo-French adverser (13c.), Old French adversaire “adversary, opponent, enemy,” or directly from Latin adversarius “opponent, adversary, rival,” noun use of adjective meaning “opposite, hostile, contrary,” literally “turned toward one,” from adversus “turned against” (see adverse). The Latin word is glossed in Old English by wiðerbroca.
(Heb. satan), an opponent or foe (1 Kings 5:4; 11:14, 23, 25; Luke 13:17); one that speaks against another, a complainant (Matt. 5:25; Luke 12:58); an enemy (Luke 18:3), and specially the devil (1 Pet. 5:8).
an attitude, as in labor-management negotiations, that any opposition to demands indicates an unwillingness of one side to cooperate and bargain in good faith.
expressing contrariety, opposition, or antithesis: “But” is an adversative conjunction. an adversative word or proposition. Historical Examples But the conjunction is often omitted in copulative and adversative clauses, as in Sec. An English Grammar W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell Then let him deliberately use the adversative but, and proceed to the discussion of […]
- Adversative asyndeton
a staccato effect produced by omitting adversative connectives from between two or more items forming a group, as in “I liked all there was to buy in the store … I didn’t get anything.”.
unfavorable or antagonistic in purpose or effect: adverse criticism. opposing one’s interests or desire: adverse circumstances. being or acting in a contrary direction; opposed or opposing: adverse winds. opposite; confronting: the adverse page. Contemporary Examples This lack of standards has adverse reproductive, sexual, and mental-health consequences for survivors of sexual violence. Fixing India’s Rape Problem […]