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Synonyms of "Rival" and their differences

Q: What is the difference between Rival and Counterpart ?
A: Rival = competitor
“The baseball teams have been longtime rivals.”
Counterpart = equivalent or something/someone having the same qualities/functions as another
“Their country’s prime minister is the counterpart of our country’s president.”
Q: What is the difference between Rival and Counterpart ?
A: A rival is an opponent, a counterpart can be on the same side or not.

Counterparts of the US Secretary of State include the foreign minister of Britain. They are strong allies.

The football coach never discussed the games with his counterpart in the other team. They were bitter rivals.

The FBI cooperate well with their counterparts in the local police.

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