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 for opposition
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Opposition \Op`po*si"tion\, n. [F., fr. L. oppositio. See
     1. The act of opposing; an attempt to check, restrain, or
        defeat; resistance.
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              The counterpoise of so great an opposition. --Shak.
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              Virtue which breaks through all opposition.
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     2. The state of being placed over against; situation so as to
        front something else. --Milton.
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     3. Repugnance; contrariety of sentiment, interest, or
        purpose; antipathy. --Shak.
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     4. That which opposes; an obstacle; specifically, the
        aggregate of persons or things opposing; hence, in
        politics and parliamentary practice, the party opposed to
        the party in power.
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     5. (Astron.) The situation of a heavenly body with respect to
        another when in the part of the heavens directly opposite
        to it; especially, the position of a planet or satellite
        when its longitude differs from that of the sun 180[deg];
        -- signified by the symbol ?; as, ? [Jupiter] [Sun],
        opposition of Jupiter to the sun.
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     6. (Logic) The relation between two propositions when, having
        the same subject and predicate, they differ in quantity,
        or in quality, or in both; or between two propositions
        which have the same matter but a different form.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the action of opposing something that you disapprove or
           disagree with; "he encountered a general feeling of
           resistance from many citizens"; "despite opposition from
           the newspapers he went ahead" [syn: resistance,
      2: the relation between opposed entities [syn: opposition,
      3: the act of hostile groups opposing each other; "the
         government was not ready for a confrontation with the
         unions"; "the invaders encountered stiff opposition" [syn:
         confrontation, opposition]
      4: a contestant that you are matched against [syn: opposition,
         opponent, opposite]
      5: a body of people united in opposing something
      6: a direction opposite to another
      7: an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing
         military force); "a soldier must be prepared to kill his
         enemies" [syn: enemy, foe, foeman, opposition]
      8: the major political party opposed to the party in office and
         prepared to replace it if elected; "Her Majesty's loyal

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  298 Moby Thesaurus words for "opposition":
     adversary, adversity, agreement to disagree, alienation, allegory,
     analogy, antagonism, antagonist, antagonistic, anteposition,
     antipathy, antithesis, antithetical, apostasy, argumentation,
     arrest, arrestation, arrestment, assailant, at daggers drawn,
     averseness, aversion, backlash, backwardness, balancing, ban,
     blackball, blackballing, blockage, blocking, challenge, check,
     clashing, clogging, closing up, closure, collision, combatant,
     combative reaction, comparative anatomy, comparative degree,
     comparative grammar, comparative judgment, comparative linguistics,
     comparative literature, comparative method, compare, comparing,
     comparison, competing, competition, competitive, competitor,
     complaint, con, conflict, conflicting, confrontation, confrontment,
     confutation, constriction, contention, contradiction,
     contradistinction, contraindication, contraposition, contrariety,
     contrast, contrastiveness, controversy, correlation,
     counter-culture, counteraction, counterposition, counterworking,
     cramp, crankiness, cross-purposes, crotchetiness, cursoriness,
     defiance, delay, demur, departure, detainment, detention,
     deviation, difference, dim view, disaccord, disaccordance,
     disagreement, disappointment, disapprobation, disapproval,
     disconformity, discongruity, discontent, discontentedness,
     discontentment, discord, discordance, discordancy, discrepancy,
     discreteness, disenchantment, disesteem, disfavor, disgruntlement,
     disharmony, disillusion, disillusionment, disinclination,
     disobedience, disparity, displeasure, dispute, disrelish,
     disrespect, dissatisfaction, dissension, dissent, dissentience,
     dissidence, dissimilarity, dissonance, distaste, distinction,
     distinctiveness, distinctness, disunion, disunity, divergence,
     divergency, diversity, dropping out, enemy, exclusion, faction,
     far cry, fixation, flak, foe, foeman, foot-dragging, fractiousness,
     friction, grudging consent, grudgingness, hampering, heterogeneity,
     hindering, hindrance, holdback, holdup, hostile, hostility,
     impediment, in opposition, inaccordance, incompatibility,
     incongruity, inconsistency, inconsonance, indignation,
     indisposedness, indisposition, indocility, inequality,
     inharmoniousness, inharmony, inhibition, inimicalness,
     interference, interruption, intractableness, irreconcilability,
     jarring, kick, lack of enthusiasm, lack of zeal, let, likening,
     low estimation, low opinion, matching, metaphor, minority opinion,
     mixture, mutinousness, negation, negativism, nolition,
     nonagreement, nonassent, nonconcurrence, nonconformity, nonconsent,
     noncooperation, nuisance value, objection, obstinacy, obstruction,
     obstructionism, occlusion, odds, opponent, opposed, opposing,
     opposing party, opposite camp, oppositeness, opposure, oppugnance,
     oppugnancy, ostracism, other side, otherness, parallelism,
     passive resistance, perfunctoriness, perverseness, perversity,
     polar opposition, polarity, polarization, posing against,
     proportion, protest, reaction, rebuff, recalcitrance,
     recalcitrancy, recalcitration, recoil, recusance, recusancy,
     refractoriness, refusal, rejection, relation, reluctance,
     renitence, renitency, repellence, repellency, repercussion,
     repression, repudiation, repugnance, repulse, repulsion,
     resistance, restraint, restriction, retardation, retardment,
     revolt, rival, secession, separateness, setback, showdown, simile,
     similitude, slowness, squeeze, stand, stranglehold, stricture,
     stubbornness, sulk, sulkiness, sulks, sullenness, suppression,
     swimming upstream, the loyal opposition, the opposition,
     thumbs-down, trope of comparison, unconformity, uncooperativeness,
     underground, unenthusiasm, unfriendliness, unhappiness,
     unharmoniousness, unlikeness, unorthodoxy, unwillingness, variance,
     variation, variegation, variety, weighing, withdrawal,

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  OPPOSITION, practice. The act of a creditor who, declares his dissent to a 
  debtor's being discharged under the insolvent laws. 

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  OPPOSITION, n.  In politics the party that prevents the Government from
  running amuck by hamstringing it.
      The King of Ghargaroo, who had been abroad to study the science of
  government, appointed one hundred of his fattest subjects as members
  of a parliament to make laws for the collection of revenue.  Forty of
  these he named the Party of Opposition and had his Prime Minister
  carefully instruct them in their duty of opposing every royal measure. 
  Nevertheless, the first one that was submitted passed unanimously. 
  Greatly displeased, the King vetoed it, informing the Opposition that
  if they did that again they would pay for their obstinacy with their
  heads.  The entire forty promptly disemboweled themselves.
      "What shall we do now?" the King asked.  "Liberal institutions
  cannot be maintained without a party of Opposition."
      "Splendor of the universe," replied the Prime Minister, "it is
  true these dogs of darkness have no longer their credentials, but all
  is not lost.  Leave the matter to this worm of the dust."
      So the Minister had the bodies of his Majesty's Opposition
  embalmed and stuffed with straw, put back into the seats of power and
  nailed there.  Forty votes were recorded against every bill and the
  nation prospered.  But one day a bill imposing a tax on warts was
  defeated -- the members of the Government party had not been nailed to
  their seats!  This so enraged the King that the Prime Minister was put
  to death, the parliament was dissolved with a battery of artillery,
  and government of the people, by the people, for the people perished
  from Ghargaroo.

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