Adjective "adversary" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


One's opponent in a contest, conflict, or dispute.
  1. 'Once there, he expects to be coming up against an old adversary.'
  2. 'I believe he would prove to be a formidable adversary.'
  3. 'Its results depend on the opinion the opponent has of his adversary's capability to win.'
  4. 'Nat, I know, was humbled when he was told the lengths to which his old adversary had gone to honour his name.'
  5. 'You must have thought you had seen the last of your old adversary!'
  6. 'I'm playing an old adversary on Monday, and we're both making excuses already.'
  7. 'The game with their old adversaries from Germany could prove decisive.'
  8. 'I will face them and show them I am a formidable adversary.'
  9. 'Liam bumped into his old adversary in London's Camden Town recently and berated him for old time's sake.'
  10. 'The two old adversaries stared at each other across the room.'


  1. 'For generations, Scotland has maintained an adversary culture, defining itself by its differences from England.'
  2. 'There is too much at stake in this relationship for either side to really push an adversary agenda with the other.'
  3. 'The original inspection process, which lasted several years, developed into an adversary process.'
  4. 'You see under the adversary system, as I've said, the parties produce the evidence.'
  5. 'You are not judges now, but advocates under this adversary system we have been discussing.'
  6. 'Amendments to the Criminal Procedure law in 1996 introduced adversary elements to the fact-finding process in criminal trials.'
  7. 'If the chief virtue of the adversary system lies in giving opposing parties a hearing, its greatest vice lies in giving those parties an incentive to silence each other.'
  8. 'This right is fundamental to the adversary system of justice in the Untied States.'
  9. 'Mr Chairman, in our country and the House in particular, we have an adversary system.'
  10. 'The adversary procedure followed in a court of law is not appropriate in its investigations.'


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/

4. of or relating to an adversary.

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

More examples(as adjective)

"natures can be adversary."


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