What is the English word which describes the opponent of two elements? Am I asking the right question?

For example, the water the english word fire. I don't really know how to describe but here are more example.

  • Water versus Fire
  • Lava versus Ice
  • Volcano versus Ice Mountain

Like when we threw the water into the fire, the fire will be disappeared. By the way, was when we threw Ice into the Lava, the Lava will be disappeared, wasn't it?

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    Do you mean "counterpart"? Or "opposite"?
    – gotube
    Commented Sep 24, 2022 at 17:30
  • If you throw any size piece of ice, that you can lift, into a big enough lake of lava, the lava will win. Commented Sep 24, 2022 at 18:23

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You might be looking for the word counteract.

Cambridge has

to reduce or remove the effect of something unwanted by producing an opposite effect
Drinking a lot of water counteracts the dehydrating effects of hot weather

Merriam-Webster has

to make ineffective or restrain or neutralize the usually ill effects of by means of an opposite force, action, or influence
a drug used to counteract fatigue

In the game rock paper scissors

  • rock counteracts scissors
  • paper counteracts rock
  • scissors counteracts paper

In the examples,

Water counteracts fire.


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