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OP'POSITE, adjective [Latin oppositus.]

1. Standing or situated in front; facing; as an edifice opposite to the Exchange. Brooklyn lies opposite to New York, or on the opposite side of the river.

2. Adverse; repugnant.

- Novels, by which the reader is misled into another sort of pleasure opposite to that designed in an epic poem.

3. Contrary; as words of opposite significations; opposite terms. The medicine had an effect opposite to what was expected.

4. In botany, growing in pairs, each pair decussated or crossing that above and below it; as opposite leaves or branches.


1. An opponent; an adversary; an enemy; an antagonist.

2. That which is opposed or contrary.