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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
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She looked at the titles before she announced them to her mistress; she set down "Humphrey Clinker" on "The Tears of Sensibility" with a smart little smack which pointed the antithesis.
But we must hasten to add that his voice produced what might be called an antithesis to his blond delicacy.
And I am the more persuaded of that suspicion, if one can call it so, by the fact that if you take, for instance, the antithesis of the normal man, that is, the man of acute consciousness, who has come, of course, not out of the lap of nature but out of a retort (this is almost mysticism, gentlemen, but I suspect this, too), this retort-made man is sometimes so nonplussed in the presence of his antithesis that with all his exaggerated consciousness he genuinely thinks of himself as a mouse and not a man.
de Saint-Meran's;" and he arranged mentally, while Dantes awaited further questions, the antithesis by which orators often create a reputation for eloquence.
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Now and then the gay laughter of a woman or the chatter of children could be heard, for the red Martians are a social, pleasure-loving people--in direct antithesis to the cold and morbid race of green men.
But we shall, on the present occasion, carefully avoid polishing the antithesis in question, but shall proceed to draw another picture as minutely as possible, to serve as foil and counterfoil to the one in the preceding chapter.
Mary Garth, on the contrary, had the aspect of an ordinary sinner: she was brown; her curly dark hair was rough and stubborn; her stature was low; and it would not be true to declare, in satisfactory antithesis, that she had all the virtues.
It was in some hundreds of verses, which I did my best to balance as Pope did, with a caesura falling in the middle of the line, and a neat antithesis at the end.