Noun Adversary Definition and Examples







One's opponent in a contest, conflict, or dispute.
  1. 'Fans were delighted to hear their old adversary, Argentina, had crashed out of the tournament by failing to beat Sweden.'
  2. 'He was a vigorous adversary to opponents, but he was also a very fair and honest man.'
  3. 'Nat, I know, was humbled when he was told the lengths to which his old adversary had gone to honour his name.'
  4. 'Liam bumped into his old adversary in London's Camden Town recently and berated him for old time's sake.'
  5. 'For some, these may prove to be altogether more formidable adversaries.'
  6. 'That made her much more formidable an adversary because she didn't have the usual narcissistic vanity.'
  7. 'I'm playing an old adversary on Monday, and we're both making excuses already.'
  8. 'The two old adversaries stared at each other across the room.'
  9. 'The trade unions in particular looked with deep suspicion at an administration still headed by their old adversary.'
  10. 'They want nothing to do with their old adversaries, or be associated with them in anyway.'


  1. 'Amendments to the Criminal Procedure law in 1996 introduced adversary elements to the fact-finding process in criminal trials.'
  2. 'It is the classic adversary system which overlaps with a two-party system, and the arguments and votes are often predictable.'
  3. 'Winner-take-all electoral systems and adversary politics result in truth being irrelevant.'
  4. 'Cynical adversary stances are not helpful - belief is necessary.'
  5. 'She also focuses on the ways in which the use of the adversary method as a paradigm of philosophy limits and distorts the work of philosophers.'
  6. 'It is a necessary concomitant or consequence of this particular system which is an inquisitorial system, rather than a strict adversary system.'
  7. 'The very adversary structure that put me off from litigation is now the norm in political life in general and political life is not a place for honest exchange.'
  8. 'The adversary procedure followed in a court of law is not appropriate in its investigations.'
  9. 'If it ever rises to the 80% range, the current adversary relationship would have to change.'
  10. 'There is too much at stake in this relationship for either side to really push an adversary agenda with the other.'
((n.) One who is turned against another or others with a design to oppose or resist them; a member of an opposing or hostile party; an opponent; an antagonist; an enemy; a foe.)

noun, plural adversaries.

1. a person, group, or force that opposes or attacks; opponent; enemy; foe.

2. a person, group, etc., that is an opponent in a contest; contestant.

3. the Adversary, the devil; Satan. adjective, Also, especially British, adversarial[ad-ver-sair-ee-uh l]/ˌæd vərˈsɛər i əl/(Show IPA)

4. of or relating to an adversary.

5. involving adversaries, as plaintiff and defendant in a legal proceeding: an adversary trial.


"There can be adversary systems."
"There can be adversary relationships."
"There can be adversary whiles."
"There can be adversary styles."
"There can be adversary processes."
"There can be adversary people."
"There can be adversary models."
"There can be adversary forces."
"There can be adversary ways."
"There can be adversary tits."
"There can be adversary talents."
"There can be adversary prisoners."
"There can be adversary presentations."
"There can be adversary positions."
"There can be adversary point of views."
"There can be adversary natures."
"There can be adversary laws."
"There can be adversary jeans."
"There can be adversary debates."
"There can be adversary comings."

Middle English: from Old French adversarie, from Latin adversarius ‘opposed, opponent’, from adversus (see adverse).

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