Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "against" in Russian

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Meaning: against, opposite, facing, versus, contra

Pronunciation: [PROH-teef]

Part of speech: preposition

Rank: #440 (see frequency list)

 Example sentences:
  • Я про́тив твое́й пое́здки в Австра́лию.
  • I'm against your trip to Australia.
  • Оте́ц был про́тив того́, что́бы сын жени́лся так ра́но.
  • The father was against his son getting married so early.
  • По́чта нахо́дится пря́мо про́тив до́ма.
  • The post office is just opposite the house.
  • А́нна сиде́ла про́тив окна́.
  • Anna was sitting facing the window.
  • Нам бы́ло тру́дно плыть про́тив тече́ния.
  • It was difficult for us to swim against the stream.
  • Пове́рь мне, Марк не бу́дет поступа́ть про́тив во́ли роди́телей.
  • Believe me, Mark won't act against his parents' will.
  • Пацифи́ст ― э́то челове́к, кото́рый про́тив войны́.
  • A pacifist is a person who is against war.
  • Дава́йте проголосу́ем: кто за, а кто про́тив э́того предложе́ния.
  • Let’s vote: who is for and who is against this proposal.
  • Де́ти сиде́ли друг про́тив друга.
  • The children were sitting face to face.
  • Четвёртое февраля́ ― Всеми́рный день борьбы́ про́тив ра́ка.
  • February 4th is World Cancer Day.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • гла́дить про́тив ше́рсти = to rub up the wrong way / to stroke the wrong way
      literal  to stroke against the hair
  • плыть про́тив тече́ния = to go against the stream
      literal  to swim (sail) against the stream
  • плева́ть про́тив ве́тра = to spit into the wind
      literal  to spit against the wind
  • быть про́тив = to be against (smth) / to mind (smth); to vote against
  • име́ть что́-либо про́тив = to have smth against / to be against it / to mind smth
  • ничего́ не име́ть про́тив = to have nothing against smth
 Related words:
  • проти́вник = opponent, antagonist, adversary, enemy
  • проти́виться = to oppose, to resist, to stand up (against)
  • противоре́чить = to contradict
  • противополо́жный = opposite, contrary
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Про́тив ло́ма нет приёма.
  • Might makes right. / Don't bring a knife to a gunfight.
  •  literal  There isn't a method against a scrap.
  • Молоде́ц про́тив ове́ц, а про́тив молодца́ и сам овца́.
  • A bully is always a coward.
  •  literal  Brave against sheep, but himself a sheep against the brave.
  • Всё бы́ло про́тив него́.
  • The cards were stacked against him.
  •  literal  Everything was against him.

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Word recordings: Copyright(c) 2006 Streit Goulnara, Streit Eric, Vion Nicolas. Copyright(c) 2007 S. Sakhno, N. Vion. Distributed under CC-BY.

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