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Thinking begins only when we have come to know that reason, glorified for centuries, is the stiff-necked adversary of thought.
Martin Heidegger

Meaning of "adversary" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD ADVERSARY

From Latin adversārius, from adversus against.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF ADVERSARY

adversary  [ˈædvəsərɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF ADVERSARY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Adversary can act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES ADVERSARY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Adversary

An adversary is generally considered to be a person, group, or force that opposes and/or attacks. Adversary may also refer to: ▪ Satan, in Judeo-Christian religion...

Definition of adversary in the English dictionary

The definition of adversary in the dictionary is a person or group that is hostile to someone; enemy. Other definition of adversary is an opposing contestant in a game or sport.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH ADVERSARY


accessory
əkˈsɛsərɪ
anniversary
ˌænɪˈvɜːsərɪ
brasserie
ˈbræsərɪ
chancery
ˈtʃɑːnsərɪ
compulsory
kəmˈpʌlsərɪ
cursory
ˈkɜːsərɪ
dispensary
dɪˈspɛnsərɪ
glossary
ˈɡlɒsərɪ
grocery
ˈɡrəʊsərɪ
intercessory
ˌɪntəˈsɛsərɪ
lamasery
ˈlɑːməsərɪ
leprosery
ˈlɛprəsərɪ
multisensory
ˌmʌltɪˈsɛnsərɪ
necessary
ˈnɛsɪsərɪ
patisserie
pəˈtiːsərɪ
rotisserie
rəʊˈtɪsərɪ
sensory
ˈsɛnsərɪ
sorcery
ˈsɔːsərɪ
unnecessary
ʌnˈnɛsɪsərɪ
vavasory
ˈvævəsərɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE ADVERSARY

adverb
adverbial
adverbialise
adverbialize
adverbially
advergaming
adversaria
adversarial
adversaries
adversariness
adversative
adversatively
adverse
adverse possession
adverse pressure gradient
adversely
adverseness
adversities
adversity
advert

WORDS THAT END LIKE ADVERSARY

A bursary
accessary
B bursary
caravansary
Cheboksary
commissary
diamond anniversary
diaphragm pessary
do the necessary
emissary
fideicommissary
golden wedding anniversary
janissary
pessary
rosary
tertiary bursary
the necessary
wedding anniversary

Synonyms and antonyms of adversary in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «ADVERSARY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «adversary» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of adversary

Translation of «adversary» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF ADVERSARY

Find out the translation of adversary to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of adversary from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «adversary» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

敌手
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

adversario
570 millions of speakers

English

adversary
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

विरोधी
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

خَصْم
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

противник
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

adversário
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

প্রতিদ্বন্দ্বী
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

adversaire
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Musuh
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Gegner
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

敵対者
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

적수
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Musuh
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

đối thủ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

விரோதி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

शत्रू
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

hasım
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

avversario
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

przeciwnik
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

супротивник
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

adversar
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αντίπαλος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

teenstander
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

motståndare
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

motstander
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of adversary

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «ADVERSARY»

The term «adversary» is quite widely used and occupies the 36.922 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «ADVERSARY» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «adversary» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «adversary» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about adversary

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10 QUOTES WITH «ADVERSARY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word adversary.
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Piers Anthony
That most dangerous of opponents: the one who took pains to comprehend the position of his adversary.
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John C. Calhoun
Beware the wrath of a patient adversary.
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Paul Davies
Cancer is such a ruthless adversary because it behaves as if it has its own fiendishly cunning agenda.
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Michel Foucault
The strategic adversary is fascism... the fascism in us all, in our heads and in our everyday behavior, the fascism that causes us to love power, to desire the very thing that dominates and exploits us.
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Hanoi Hannah
Americans are xenophobic, they will believe their own people rather than the adversary, even a friendly enemy voice.
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King Hassan II
It is not cowardly, quite the contrary, to seek to meet the adversary and know his intentions. However, it is cowardly, shameful and treasonable to lay down arms.
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Martin Heidegger
Thinking begins only when we have come to know that reason, glorified for centuries, is the stiff-necked adversary of thought.
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Francois Hollande
My adversary is the world of finance.
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Francois Hollande
My real adversary has no name, no face, no party. It will never be elected, yet it governs - the adversary is the world of finance.
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Phil Keoghan
With any good story, you need the adversary, the heroes and villains. You need a good mixture to make it work.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «ADVERSARY»

Discover the use of adversary in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to adversary and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Bible of the Adversary
The Bible of the Adversary is the complete doctrine and practice of the Luciferian Faith.
Michael Ford, 2009
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The Adversary
In this third book of the Sundering series kicked off by R.A. Salvatore and the dark elf Drizzt, SCRIBE award-winning author Erin M. Evans thrusts her signature character Farideh into a maelstrom of devilish politics and magical intrigue ...
Erin M. Evans, 2013
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Overcoming the Adversary: Warfare Praying Against Demon Activity
The Adversary prowls, but he's already been beaten. This book is an essential follow-up to the bestselling The Adversary, in which Bubeck helps Christians grasp prayer practices that enable a victorious walk.
Mark I. Bubeck, 1984
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Monstrous Adversary: The Life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl ...
The work reconstructs Oxford’s life, assesses his poetic works, and demonstrates the absurdity of attributing Shakespeare’s works to him.
Alan H. Nelson, 2003
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Your Adversary, the Devil
Here is an illuminating study of the devil from a veteran seminary professor and author. "This work uses the light of Scripture to expose the person and methods of Satan . . . Competent books on this subject are not plentiful. . .
J. Dwight Pentecost, 1997
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Beyond Adversary Democracy
It is in our common interest that she be widely read."—Bennett M. Berger, Contemporary Sociology This book deals with two great themes in American political thought: democracy and equality.
Jane J. Mansbridge, 1983
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The Secret Adversary (Webster's French Thesaurus Edition)
By using a running English-to-French thesaurus at the bottom of each page, this edition of The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie was edited for three audiences.
Agatha Christie, 2008
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The Adversary: Book Four of the Saga of the Exiles
Praise for the series: ‘Julian May has woven a many-coloured tapestry of exotic adventure’ Roger Zelazny, ‘An engaging storyteller’ Locus, ‘Fast-paced storytelling that defies predictability; and a sympathetic and well-rendered ...
Julian May, 2013
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The Adversary (Mills & Boon Nocturne)
About. the. Author. As a writer, LINDSAY MCKENNA feels that telling a story is a way to share how she sees the world. Love is the greatest healer of all, and the books she creates are parables that underline this belief. Working with flower ...
Lindsay McKenna, 2011
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The Adversary: The Christian Versus Demon Activity
But don't be afraid. The victory is already won by Christ! No enemy is powerful enough to overcome the risen savior. In these pages Mark Bubeck exposes the reality of the conflict and the hope believers have.
Mark I. Bubeck, 2013

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «ADVERSARY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term adversary is used in the context of the following news items.
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Moyo to Be Replaced As Information Minister By Adversary, Claims …
"You have $4 million being pumped into Tsholotsho to build a stadium but ZIFA has no money and we have no money for food." FORMER ... «AllAfrica.com, Jul 15»
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Twins can soon make noise in a different kind of AL
The rise of the Royals as the Twins' primary adversary in the American League Central is, for the Twins, a case of bad timing and ideal ... «Minneapolis Star Tribune, Jul 15»
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Josh Hamilton may be headed back to the disabled list
Having lived closely with people fighting that fight, whether drugs or booze, I also know that the demon is a hell of an adversary and even if, ... «NBCSports.com, Jul 15»
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Giants lose sixth straight, make Americans not watching World Cup …
He's not an adversary. He's not someone in a rival corporation. He's a co-worker. He's someone from internal affairs or HR, and he's just the ... «McCovey Chronicles, Jul 15»
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'Poldark' Recap: Season 1, Part 3
And no one fit that description better this episode than Ross's courtroom adversary, the haughty judge presiding over Jim's case, Reverend ... «Wall Street Journal, Jul 15»
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Inter Milan call out Fiorentina regarding Mohamed Salah's transfer …
... and the disgruntled footballer has missed preseason training in hopes of facilitating a move to league adversary Inter Milan for the upcoming ... «NBCSports.com, Jul 15»
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Meet the Press Transcript - July 5, 2015
... chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel has been to the Turkish-Syrian border to assess why ISIS continues to be such a tough adversary. «NBCNews.com, Jul 15»
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Lewis Hamilton's tactical acumen and judgment helped him script …
He's a worthy adversary, coming up short at the moment but not by much. Lewis remains my favourite for the title yet that is not to say Nico can't ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Jul 15»
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Scholar Takes On 'The Authoritarian Juggernaut' Of Campus Feminism
Lastly, if all else fails, she wonders if the students themselves might rise up, as the gamers proved to be an effective adversary and “example of ... «Daily Caller, Jul 15»
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'Now, we're the adversary': Legislators leave agencies scrambling …
'Now, we're the adversary': Legislators leave agencies scrambling, frustrated. Published: Friday, July 3, 2015 1:46 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 3, 2015 4:11 ... «SaukValley.com, Jul 15»

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