Definitions for antithesisænˈtɪθ ə sɪs; -ˌsiz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

an•tith•e•sisænˈtɪθ ə sɪs; -ˌsiz(n.)(pl.)-ses

  1. opposition; contrast:

    the antithesis of right and wrong.

  2. the direct opposite:

    Her behavior was the very antithesis of cowardly.

  3. the placing of a sentence or one of its parts against another to which it is opposed to form a balanced contrast of ideas, as in “Give me liberty or give me death.” the second sentence or part thus set in opposition, as “or give me death.”

    Category: Rhetoric

  4. Category: Philosphy

    Ref: See Hegelian dialectic.

Origin of antithesis:

1520–30; < L < Gk: opposition =anti(ti)thé(nai) to oppose +-sis -sis . See anti -, thesis

Princeton's WordNet

  1. antithesis(noun)

    exact opposite

    "his theory is the antithesis of mine"

  2. antithesis(noun)

    the juxtaposition of contrasting words or ideas to give a feeling of balance


  1. antithesis(Noun)

    A proposition that is the diametric opposite of some other proposition.

  2. antithesis(Noun)

    A device by which two contrasting ideas are juxtaposed in parallel form.

  3. Origin: From + .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Antithesis(noun)

    an opposition or contrast of words or sentiments occurring in the same sentence; as, "The prodigal robs his heir; the miser robs himself." "He had covertly shot at Cromwell; he how openly aimed at the Queen."

  2. Antithesis(noun)

    the second of two clauses forming an antithesis

  3. Antithesis(noun)

    opposition; contrast


  1. Antithesis

    Antithesis is used when two opposites are introduced in the same sentence, for contrasting effect.


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