opposition

noun
1 disagreeing with sth/trying to change sth
ADJECTIVE
bitter, considerable, determined, fierce, serious, stiff, strong, vehement
violent
growing, mounting
effective, powerful
vocal
direct

a statement in direct opposition to party policy

active
organized
political
public
widespread
VERB + OPPOSITION
express, voice

Many people have voiced their opposition to these proposals.

mount, put up (esp. BrE)

They mounted an effective opposition to the bill.

lead
arouse, draw
crush, overcome, stifle, suppress, wear down (esp. BrE)
be up against, come up against (BrE), encounter, face, meet, meet with, run into, run up against (esp. BrE)

He is up against stiff opposition from his colleagues.

brook

We will brook no opposition to the strategy.

strengthen
weaken
drop

The Democrats are unlikely to drop their opposition to his nomination.

OPPOSITION + VERB
come from sb

Opposition came primarily from students.

OPPOSITION + NOUN
force, group, movement
PREPOSITION
against opposition, in the face of opposition

She won against determined opposition from last year's champion.

despite opposition, in spite of opposition

The authorities succeeded despite bitter opposition from teachers.

in opposition to

The warring factions had united in opposition to the common enemy.

opposition from

The proposals met with violent opposition from the environmental lobby.

opposition to

There was fierce public opposition to the plan.

2 parties not in government
ADJECTIVE
loyal

They see their role as a loyal opposition.

the leader of Her Majesty's loyal Opposition (in the UK)

democratic
OPPOSITION + NOUN
party
candidate, leader, member, MP (in the UK), politician, spokesman (esp. BrE)
bench (in the UK)
PREPOSITION
in opposition

The party is now in opposition.

PHRASES
the Leader of the Opposition (in the UK)

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  • Opposition — Sf std. (16. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus l. oppositio ( ōnis), einer Ableitung von l. oppōnere (oppositum) entgegenstellen , zu l. pōnere stellen, legen und l. ob . Adjektiv: oppositionell; Verb: opponieren; Nomen agentis: Opponent.    Ebenso… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

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