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opposition

Etymology: L, opponere, to oppose
the relation between the thumb and the other digits of the hand for the purpose of grasping objects between the thumb and fingers.

opposition

The ability to move the thumb into contact with the other fingers across the palm of the hand.
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But ambitious encroachments of the federal government, on the authority of the State governments, would not excite the opposition of a single State, or of a few States only.
One district's enough, and Sviazhsky's obviously of the opposition," he said, words evidently intelligible to all except Levin.
He showed marked signs of senility by a tendency to fall asleep, forgetfulness of quite recent events, remembrance of remote ones, and the childish vanity with which he accepted the role of head of the Moscow opposition.
The immediate motive to the opposition, however, is the fact that Bulstrode has put the medical direction into my hands.
Kenn, after two years of superfluous incense from his feminine parishioners, to find them suddenly maintaining their views in opposition to his; but then they maintained them in opposition to a higher Authority, which they had venerated longer.
Hunt's arrival there, and the appearance of a new fur company, with ample funds at its command, produced a strong sensation among the I traders of the place, and awakened keen jealousy and opposition on the part of the Missouri Company.