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Meaning of antithesis by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Ancient Greek ( anti, “against” ) + ( thesis, “position” ) .


    • ( US ) IPA: /ænˈtɪ.θə.sɪs/
    solid #DDD">Examples ( rhetoric )

    Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address ( 1863 )
    The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here .


    antithesis ( plural: antitheses )

    1. A proposition that is the diametric opposite of some other proposition .
    2. ( rhetoric ) A device by which two contrasting ideas are juxtaposed in parallel form .

    Related terms

    • antithetical

Explanation of antithesis by Wordnet Dictionary


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

    2. exact opposite

    3. his theory is the antithesis of mine

    Definition of antithesis by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Antithesis n.; pl. Antitheses. ( ) [L., fr. Gr. , fr. to set against, to oppose; ἀντί against + to set. See Thesis.]
      1. ( Rhet. ) 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. The second of two clauses forming an antithesis.

      3. Opposition; contrast.