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Then, again, our military training is in many respects superior to that of our adversaries.
Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  an opponent
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adversary adversarial adversaries
Strongly Associated with:   adverse, adversity
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  • Then, again, our military training is in many respects superior to that of our adversaries.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  • Finally, it was rumored, there would be complete information-sharing among all of these previously disconnected and even adversarial entities, and when they were coordinated, and once all the health data they’d collected was shared, most of this made possible through the Circle and more important, TruYou, viruses could be stopped at their sources, diseases would be tracked to their roots.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Many of the professors used the Socratic method—direct, repetitive, and adversarial questioning—which had the incidental effect of humiliating unprepared students.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • It was not that these bucks were dangerous adversaries ( their great spreads of antlers are useless as weapons) but simply that the wolves did not stand a chance of closing with them, and they knew it.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf

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  • But I could only think of one adversary who might be able to tell the future.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • The Duchess set about studying Annette and shortly found her adversary’s tragic flaw.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • If there was anything a soldier feared, it was an adversary you could never read, a foe who might be more than willing to do whatever it took, however outrageous, to win.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • …Bieganski a true quisling, a collaborator in the now accepted sense of the word, since when the country was invaded that September and Cracow, virtually unharmed, became the seat of government for all Poland, it was not with the intent to betray his fatherland that he sought to offer his services to the Governor General, Hitler’s friend Hans Frank, but only as an advisor and expert in a field where Poles and Germans had a mutual adversary and a profound common interest—die Judenfrage.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It was less a rampage than a dance, both adversaries rooted in strength, but so nimble they seemed to float above the ground.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Alan wanted a less adversarial relationship, and was that too much to ask?
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King

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  • You know what an adversarial expert witness would do with these?
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Joshua went to him and said, "Are you one of us, or one of our adversaries?"
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • I don’t let the thought of adversaries slow me down, though.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Presenting ourselves not as adversaries but as friends has distinguished us as much as the fiery costumes.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • "Cover yourself!" even Denisov cried to his adversary.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • But don’t even try to go around him and bawl out one of his guys, because he could be a formidable adversary when riled.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • It was a war in which he was invited to fight nothing, yet he was pushed forward to fight, he had to fight, he had no choice—and no adversary.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Now I see you contending against the woman like an adversary.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • I am sorry for thee; thou art come to answer A stony adversary, an inhuman wretch, Uncapable of pity, void and empty From any dram of mercy.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • And, for the first time, it was not an adversary’s face Laila saw but a face of grievances unspoken, burdens gone unprotested, a destiny submitted to and endured.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Adolph, enraged at this taunt, flew furiously at his adversary, swearing and striking on every side of him.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • His adversary had fallen senseless with excessive pain and the flow of blood, that gushed from an artery or a large vein.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • I could never read the thoughts in the general’s eyes, but I knew this much about his wife: If I was going to have an adversary in this—whatever this was— it would not be her.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • I headed toward the river surrounded by the others in a hesitant herd; they sensed that in all probability they were my adversaries in blitzball.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • I remember I entertained a great objection to your adversary, because I took it ill that he should be brought here to pester me with his company.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • I have, when the occasion offered, protected my own adversaries, men of your profession.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It means ’adversary’ …. God’s adversary.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • She left me, and I continued some time walking up and down the passages of the house and inspecting every corner that might afford a retreat to my adversary.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I was tired, at any rate; but had I been as fresh as when I rose, I could see it was in vain for me to contend in speed with such an adversary.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • I saw the glimmer of bare skin, like a pale veil separating two bloody-minded adversaries.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • He who at the moment occupied the upper step kept his adversaries marvelously in check.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Far out, as far off shore as shouted words would carry, I sent a few back to the adversary: ’O Kyklops!
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The guest has to be smart enough to answer more questions correctly than his or her one hundred adversaries, and by that standard, few have ever seemed as superbly qualified as Christopher Langan.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • She felt, at the same time, a growing respect for the adversary, for a science that was so clean, so strict, so luminously rational.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • My poor servant, who had at a distance perceived me kill his adversary, and yet did not know by what means, or how it was done, stood trembling and surprised, and looked so amazed, that I thought he would have sunk into the earth.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • In the toilet, where I used to take the papers, it was tortuous to look for and exclude the unnecessary pages so that I could learn how he would finally outwit his latest adversary.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • I could not bear to watch Edward cross the empty white space alone—but I also could not endure to have Renesmee one step closer to our adversaries.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • —To make a soldier’s end by soldier’s sword, Wielded by some brave adversary—die On blood-stained turf, not on a fever-bed, A point upon my lips, a point within my heart.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • The decisive factor is how you take apart your adversary’s system.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • The first is, to gain over my adversary’s lawyer with a double fee, who will then betray his client by insinuating that he hath justice on his side.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • The Abraham Lincoln stayed at half steam, advancing cautiously so as not to awaken its adversary.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Yet am I noble as the adversary I come to cope.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • Perhaps a Shao Lin priest could have anticipated some of the more exaggerated movements, but these men were hardly trained adversaries.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Evidently, however, the representative of the French Government had nothing to fear for the moment, at the hands of his powerful adversary.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Fix got up in a somewhat rumpled condition, and, looking at his adversary, coldly said, "Have you done?"
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • His adversary leaped on his feet, making the arches of the forest ring with the sounds of triumph.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Hefting and aiming as he spoke, he hurled his long-shadowing spear and hit his adversary fair on the round shield.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • She followed him with her eyes, thinking: It’s as the Reverend Mother warned—too potent an adversary.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Scatty suddenly found that three of her adversaries had transformed into an American robin, a house finch, and a song sparrow, while the exotic-looking catman directly in front of her warped into a confused Siamese.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
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