adversary

  • 1 Adversary — may refer to: In Judeo Christian religion: Satan, whose name means adversary in Hebrew. In computer science: Adversary (cryptography) is a malicious entity in cryptography whose aim is to prevent the users of the cryptosystem from achieving their …

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  • 2 Adversary — Ad ver*sa*ry, n.; pl. {Adversaries}. [OE. adversarie, direct fr. the Latin, and adversaire, fr. OF. adversier, aversier, fr. L. adversarius (a.) turned toward, (n.) an adversary. See {Adverse}.] One who is turned against another or others with a… …

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  • 3 adversary — ad·ver·sary 1 / ad vər ˌser ē/ n: one that contends with or opposes another; esp: any of the opposing parties in a legal action adversary 2 adj: of, relating to, or involving opposing parties or interests; specif: of, relating to, or involving a… …

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  • 4 adversary — (n.) mid 14c., aduersere, from Anglo French adverser (13c.), O.Fr. adversaire adversary, opponent, enemy, or directly from L. adversarius opponent, adversary, rival, noun use of adjective meaning opposite, hostile, contrary, lit. turned toward… …

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  • 5 Adversary — Ad ver*sa*ry, a. 1. Opposed; opposite; adverse; antagonistic. [Archaic] Bp. King. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) Having an opposing party; not unopposed; as, an adversary suit. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 6 adversary — [ad′vər ser΄ē] n. pl. adversaries [ME < OFr adversarie < L adversarius < adversus, ADVERSE] a person who opposes or fights against another; opponent; enemy adj. of or characterized by opposing parties, as the plaintiff and defendant in a …

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  • 7 adversary — *opponent, antagonist Analogous words: assailant, attacker, assaulter (see corresponding verbs at ATTACK): *enemy, foe: competitor, rival (see corresponding verbs at RIVAL) Antonyms: ally Contrasted words: colleague, *partner: supporter, champion …

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  • 8 adversary — is stressed on the first syllable …

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  • 9 adversary — [n] opponent antagonist, attacker, bad person, bandit, competitor, contestant, enemy, foe, match, opposer, opposite number*, oppugner, rival; concept 412 Ant. ally, assistant, backer, friend, helper, helpmate, supporter …

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  • 10 adversary — ► NOUN (pl. adversaries) ▪ an opponent. ORIGIN Latin adversarius opposed, opponent …

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  • 11 adversary — adversariness, n. /ad veuhr ser ee/, n., pl. adversaries, adj. n. 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;… …

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  • 12 adversary — I. noun (plural saries) Date: 14th century one that contends with, opposes, or resists ; enemy • adversariness noun II. adjective Date: 14th century 1. of, relating to, or involving an adversary …

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  • 13 adversary — n. a formidable, worthy adversary * * * [ ædvəs(ə)rɪ] worthy adversary a formidable …

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  • 14 adversary — In Hebrew, ‘Satan’, or ‘the Accuser’ (Job 1:6, NRSV marg.); his role is to find out about human frailties and provoke the innocent to sin. The sons of Zeruiah became an adversary to David (2 Sam. 19:22) in opposing the will of God. In the NT… …

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  • 15 adversary — [[t]æ̱dvə(r)səri, AM seri[/t]] adversaries N COUNT: usu with supp Your adversary is someone you are competing with, or arguing or fighting against. Elliott crossed the finish line just half a second behind his adversary... His political… …

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  • 16 adversary — UK [ˈædvə(r)s(ə)rɪ] / US [ˈædvərˌserɪ] noun [countable] Word forms adversary : singular adversary plural adversaries formal an enemy or opponent …

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  • 17 adversary — See adversary, antagonist …

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  • 18 adversary — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ fearsome, formidable ▪ worthy ▪ The British considered him a worthy adversary. ▪ old ▪ The two of them were old adversaries …

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  • 19 adversary — ad|ver|sa|ry [ˈædvəsəri US ˈædvərseri] n plural adversaries formal a country or person you are fighting or competing against = ↑opponent ▪ his old adversary …

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  • 20 adversary — noun once his devoted comrade at West Point, Arthur was now his adversary at Bull Run Syn: opponent, rival, enemy, antagonist, combatant, challenger, contender, competitor, opposer; opposition, competition, foe Ant: ally, supporter …

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