Friend and Rival


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Friend noun – A person who has a strong liking for and trust in another.
Usage example: really close friends who like to do everything together and are always sharing secrets

Rival is an antonym for friend in topics: companion, enemy.
Nearby Words: friendly, friendliness, friendship, friendless, friended
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Rival noun – One that is equal to another in status, achievement, or value.
Friend is an antonym for rival in topics: opponent, partner.
Nearby Words: rivalry, rivaled, rivaling, rivalled
Antonyms for Rival
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How words are described

fellow fellow friend fellow rival
old old friend old rival
good good friend good rival
female female friend female rival
Other adjectives: rich, best, true, dead, powerful, real, big, great, bad, main, young, personal, new, former, last, greatest, said, closest, long-time, longtime, lifelong.

Both words in one sentence

  • Master-Apprentice Chain In the upcoming movie Creed the plot would have Rocky train the son of his friend/rival Apollo Creed.
  • Dark and Troubled Past Another good example is Zoro's past, following the otherwise generic "my best friend/rival died" past but adding in the mix that his friend didn't die honorably; she died falling down the stairs.
  • Girl A actually has a crush on him but is loved by main character's friend/rival.
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