What does antithesis mean?

Definitions for antithesis
ænˈtɪθ ə sɪs; -ˌsizan·tithe·sis

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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

  4. Origin: [L., fr. Gr. , fr. to set against, to oppose; 'anti` against + to set. See Thesis.]


  1. Antithesis

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Antithesis

    an-tith′e-sis, n. a figure in which thoughts or words are set in contrast: a counter-thesis, counter-proposition: opposition: the contrast:—pl. Antith′esēs.—n. Ant′ithet (rare), an instance of antithesis.—adjs. Antithet′ic, -al.—adv. Antithet′ically. [Gr.; anti, against, tithēmi, to place.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of antithesis in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of antithesis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of antithesis in a Sentence

  1. Anna Hakkarainen:

    Lapland is the antithesis to the urban hustle and bustle.

  2. Nicki Minaj:

    Some people are on the internet and seeking attention, and Geoffrey Owens ''s just the antithesis of that, so I felt like,' Oh my God, could you imagine ?'.

  3. Aaron Copland:

    Inspiration may be a form of superconsciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness - I wouldn't know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self- consciousness.

  4. David McIntosh:

    Bringing back earmarks is the antithesis of draining the swamp, earmarks will only benefit the special interests that grow government at the expense of working men and women.

  5. Andrew Raisman:

    They’re the antithesis of the kind of slick, technical shoes that had dominated the sneaker world for a long time, a 15-year-old kid and a 50-year-old man dress the same now.

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