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antithesis

noun

  1. (opposition)  exact opposite
    Type of: opposition
  2. (rhetorical device)  the juxtaposition of contrasting words or ideas to give a feeling of balance
    Type of: rhetorical device

Etymology summary

Late Latin antithesis, from Greek antithesis "opposition, resistance", literally...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Antithesis

used when two opposites are introduced in the same sentence, for contrasting effect. A simple counting of the elements of dialectics is that of thesis, antithesis, synthesis. Hell is the antithesis of Heaven; disorder is the antithesis of order. It's... (40 of 1712 words)

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Antithesis (disambiguation)

a counter-proposition that denotes a direct contrast to the original proposition. Antithesis may also refer to: Antithesis (Netherlands), a political conflict in Dutch history | Antithesis (Origin album) | Antithesis (Gypsy album) (30 of 84 words, 3 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

antithesis | antithesises [plural]

the exact opposite | contrast or opposition | [rhetoric] the juxtaposition of contrasting ideas, phrases, or words so as to produce an effect of ... (22 of 508 words, 4 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/antithesis

Merriam-Webster:

antithesis | antitheses [plural] | antipode [synonym, sense-specific] | opposite [synonym, sense-specific] | contrary [synonym, sense-specific] | counter [synonym, sense-specific] | negative [synonym, sense-specific] | obverse [synonym, sense-specific] | reverse [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

the rhetorical contrast of ideas by means of parallel arrangements of ... | the second stage of a dialectic process (19 of 286 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/antithesis

Oxford Dictionary:

antithesis | antitheses [plural]

a person or thing that is the direct opposite of someone or something else | a contrast or opposition between two things | a rhetorical or literary ... (25 of 158 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/antithesis

Britannica Encyclopedia:

antithesis [figure of speech]

a figure of speech in which irreconcilable opposites or strongly contrasting ideas are placed in sharp juxtaposition and sustained tension, as in the ... (23 of 130 words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

antithesis | antitheses [plural]

Direct contrast; opposition. | The direct or exact opposite | A figure of speech in which sharply contrasting ideas are juxtaposed in a balanced or ... (23 of 97 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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Random House Dictionary:

antithesis | antithesises [plural] | Hegelian dialectic [philosophy, sense-specific]

opposition; contrast. | the direct opposite (usually followed by "of" or "to"). | [rhetoric] ; the placing of a sentence or one of its parts against ... (24 of 92 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/antithesis

New World Dictionary:

antithesis | antithesises [plural]

a contrast or opposition of thoughts, usually in two phrases, clauses, or sentences (Ex.: you are going; I am staying) | the second part of such an ... (26 of 65 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

antithesis

a figure of speech involving a seeming contradiction of ideas, words, clauses, or sentences within a balanced grammatical structure. Parallelism of ... (21 of 64 words, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

antithesis | antitheses [plural] | antithetic [adjective, derived] | antithetical [adjective, formal, derived]

the exact opposite (3 of 57 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/antithesis

Macmillan British Dictionary:

antithesis [singular, formal] | antitheses [plural] | antithetical [adjective, related]

the exact opposite of something (5 of 34 words, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/antithesis

Wiktionary:

antithesis | antitheses [plural] | epitome [antonym, sense-specific]

A proposition that is the diametric opposite of some other proposition. | [rhetoric] A device by which two contrasting ideas are juxtaposed in parallel form. (24 of 29 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/antithesis

Encarta Dictionary:

antithesis | antitheses [plural]

the complete or exact opposite of something | a use of words or phrases that contrast with each other to create a balanced effect | a proposition that ... (26 of 73 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861586075​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

antithesis

First use: 1520s

Origin: Late Latin antithesis, from Greek antithesis "opposition, resistance", literally "a placing against", also a term in logic and rhetoric, ... (20 of 47 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=antithesis

Oxford Dictionary:

antithesis | antitheses [plural]

Origin: late Middle English (originally denoting the substitution of one grammatical case for another): from late Latin, from Greek antitithenai "set ... (20 of 43 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/antithesis

American Heritage Dictionary:

antithesis | antitheses [plural]

Origin: Late Latin, from Greek, from antitithenai, antithe-, to oppose: anti-, anti- + tithenai, to set; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.

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New World Dictionary:

antithesis | antithesises [plural]

Origin: Middle English antitesis from Late Latin antithesis from Greek from antithenai from anti-, against + tithenai, to place: see "do"

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Merriam-Webster:

antithesis | antitheses [plural]

First use: 1529

Origin: Late Latin, from Greek, literally, opposition, from antitithenai to oppose, from anti- + tithenai to set

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/antithesis

Collins Dictionary:

antithesis | antithesises [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: via Latin from Greek: a setting against, from anti- + tithenai to place

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/antithesis

Wiktionary:

antithesis | antitheses [plural]

Origin: Ancient Greek ἀντί (anti, "against") + θέσις (thesis, "position").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/antithesis

Encarta Dictionary:

antithesis | antitheses [plural]

First use: Early 16th century

Origin: late Latin from Greek antitithenai "set against" from tithenai "set"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861586075​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

antithesis | antitheses [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "antithesis"

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Collins Dictionary:

antithesis | antithesises [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "antithesis"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

antithesis | antitheses [plural]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "antithesis"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

antithesis [singular, formal] | antitheses [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "antithesis"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

antithesis [singular, formal] | antitheses [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "antithesis"

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the Free Dictionary:

antithesis

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Google Dictionary:

antithesis | antitheses [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "antithesis"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

antithesis

Audio: North American pronunciation of "antithesis"

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YourDictionary Audio:

antithesis

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freedictionary.org:

antithesis

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