What does antithesis mean?

Definitions for antithesisænˈtɪθ ə sɪs; -ˌsiz

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word antithesis.

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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Anna Hakkarainen:

    Lapland is the antithesis to the urban hustle and bustle.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Anna Hakkarainen:

    Only few people know that the mysterious north is as fascinating during summer and autumn, which tends to be our off-peak season, lapland is the antithesis to the urban hustle and bustle.

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