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against Meaning, Definition & Usage

A*gainst" preposition
Etymology
OE. agens, ageynes, AS. ongegn. The s is adverbial, orig. a genitive ending. See Again.
Definitions
  1. Abreast; opposite to; facing; towards; as, against the mouth of a river; -- in this sense often preceded by over.
    Jacob saw the angels of God come against him. Tyndale.
  2. From an opposite direction so as to strike or come in contact with; in contact with; upon; as, hail beats against the roof.
  3. In opposition to, whether the opposition is of sentiment or of action; on the other side; counter to; in contrariety to; hence, adverse to; as, against reason; against law; to run a race against time.
    The gate would have been shut against her. Fielding.
    An argument against the use of steam. Tyndale.
  4. By of before the time that; in preparation for; so as to be ready for the time when. Archaic or Dial.
    Urijah the priest made it, against King Ahaz came from Damascus. 2 Kings xvi. 11.

Webster 1913


"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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