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 (ăn′tĭ-thĕt′ĭ-kəl) also an·ti·thet·ic (-ĭk)
1. Being in diametrical opposition: a viewpoint that was antithetical to conventional wisdom. See Synonyms at opposite.
2. Of, relating to, or marked by antithesis.

[From Medieval Latin antitheticus, from Greek antithetikos, from antitithenai, to oppose; see antithesis.]

an′ti·thet′i·cal·ly adv.
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Adj.1.antithetic - sharply contrasted in character or purpose; "practices entirely antithetical to her professed beliefs"; "hope is antithetic to despair"
different - unlike in nature or quality or form or degree; "took different approaches to the problem"; "came to a different conclusion"; "different parts of the country"; "on different sides of the issue"; "this meeting was different from the earlier one"


adj (= contrasting)gegensätzlich; phrasesantithetisch (form); ideaentgegengesetzt, antithetisch (form)
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There was the same sort of antithetic mixture in Martin Poyser: he was of so excellent a disposition that he had been kinder and more respectful than ever to his old father since he had made a deed of gift of all his property, and no man judged his neighbours more charitably on all personal matters; but for a farmer, like Luke Britton, for example, whose fallows were not well cleaned, who didn't know the rudiments of hedging and ditching, and showed but a small share of judgment in the purchase of winter stock, Martin Poyser was as hard and implacable as the north-east wind.
They must be guided to change, radically, such of their old habits, cultures, and traditions as are inimical or antithetic to socialism, and hence to social justice, social harmony, and rapid all round social rebirth and growth.
Achievement of this task is often challenging because the properties needed for high carrier mobilities, like rigid chains in [pi]-conjugated polymers and high degrees of crystallinity in the solid state, are antithetic to deformability [1].
Sharing the same appearance, the antithetic tanned skin and the blonde haircut, Catherine seems to be a prolongation of the girl, who is rather clumsy than authoritative or decided.
They frequently have a roll-over anticline with four-way closure on the down-thrown side of the fault and antithetic faulting in the down-thrown block.
12] introduces a power mapping algorithm based on the discrete antithetic Markov Monte Carlo method.
The words "Gujor Khan" are perceived to be abusive, derogatory and defamatory and when it is implied through the antithetic words contrasting the Gujors with the civilized world thereby forcefully stating that the entire Gujors race is an uncivilized people, the words take on an even worse gross defamatory meaning.
We further believe that an approach consisting in the recycling of the ideals of Bildung in an attempt to patch over any antithetic and difficult aspects is a deficient one.
The possible antithetic to this concept is the case of Eastern Europe, where the use of nuclear weapon within the geographical area was considered tactical by both the superpowers of the Cold War.
Two decades after the fact, the coiner himself recalled that the word seemed "suggestively antithetic to the 'gnostic' of church history" and so he chose it on that basis.
In five antithetic chapters--"Light," "Materials," "Luxury," "Purity," and "Furnishings"--From Line to Light (Abrams) presents never-before-published photographs and personal sketches from the whole of Moinard's career.
At first sight, pain and jouissance are antithetic, however, understanding of the concept reveals that this is the way towards desire: "Jouissance assumes lust, more precisely unconscious lust; this shows the extent to which such a notion goes beyond any connection with affection, emotions and sentiments, raising instead the problem of a relation with the object viewed by unconscious significance".