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an·tith·e·sis

 (ăn-tĭth′ĭ-sĭs)
n. pl. an·tith·e·ses (-sēz′)
1. Direct contrast; opposition.
2. The direct or exact opposite: Hope is the antithesis of despair.
3.
a. A figure of speech in which sharply contrasting ideas are juxtaposed in a balanced or parallel phrase or grammatical structure, as in "Hee for God only, shee for God in him" (John Milton).
b. The second and contrasting part of such a juxtaposition.
4. The second stage of the Hegelian dialectic process, representing the opposite of the thesis.

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

antithesis

(ænˈtɪθɪsɪs)
n, pl -ses (-ˌsiːz)
1. the exact opposite
2. contrast or opposition
3. (Rhetoric) rhetoric the juxtaposition of contrasting ideas, phrases, or words so as to produce an effect of balance, such as my words fly up, my thoughts remain below
4. (Philosophy) philosophy the second stage in the Hegelian dialectic contradicting the thesis before resolution by the synthesis
[C15: via Latin from Greek: a setting against, from anti- + tithenai to place]

an•tith•e•sis

(ænˈtɪθ ə sɪs)

n., pl. -ses (-ˌsiz)
1. opposition; contrast: the antithesis of right and wrong.
2. the direct opposite: Her behavior was the very antithesis of cowardly.
3.
a. 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.”
b. the second sentence or part thus set in opposition, as “or give me death.”
[1520–30; < Latin < Greek: opposition =anti(ti)thé(nai) to oppose + -sis -sis. See anti-, thesis]

antithesis

1. The balancing and contrasting of two words, phrases, or ideas by placing them side by side.
2. Placing ideas together to stress a contrast.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.antithesis - exact opposite; "his theory is the antithesis of mine"
oppositeness, opposition - the relation between opposed entities
2.antithesis - the juxtaposition of contrasting words or ideas to give a feeling of balance
rhetorical device - a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)

antithesis

noun
1. opposite, contrast, reverse, contrary, converse, inverse, antipode They are the antithesis of the typical married couple.
2. contrast, opposition, contradiction, reversal, inversion, contrariety, contraposition the antithesis between instinct and reason

antithesis

noun
2. That which is diametrically opposed to another:
Translations
antiteesivastakohta
antithèseantíthèse
antiteza
antiteza

antithesis

[ænˈtɪθɪsɪs] N (antitheses (pl)) [ænˈtɪθɪsiːz]antítesis f inv

antithesis

[ænˈtɪθəsɪs] [antitheses] [ænˈtɪθəsiːz] (pl) nantithèse f
the antithesis of → l'antithèse de

antithesis

n pl <antitheses> (= direct opposite)genaues Gegenteil (→ to, of +gen); (of idea, in rhetoric)Antithese f(to, of zu) (form); (= contrast)Gegensatz m

antithesis

[ænˈtɪθɪsɪs] n (antitheses (pl)) [ænˈtɪθɪsiːz]antitesi f inv; (contrast) → carattere m antitetico
References in classic literature ?
There is the feeling that one is completely out of hand, with the very distinct consciousness of an endless number of fine thrills and quiverings to the very toes;--there is a depth of happiness in which the painfullest and gloomiest do not operate as antitheses, but as conditioned, as demanded in the sense of necessary shades of colour in such an overflow of light.
It should be also noted that, here the antithesis will be evolved into two or three, even more antitheses step by step.
Droutsas said they were aware of antitheses, but they would not allow these antitheses to dynamite expectations and opportunities in Turkish-Greek cooperation.