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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.


(ˌæntɪˈθɛtɪkəl) or


1. of the nature of antithesis
2. directly contrasted


(ˌæn təˈθɛt ɪ kəl)

also an`ti•thet′ic,

1. of the nature of or involving antithesis.
2. directly opposed or contrasted.
an`ti•thet′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.antithetical - 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"


adjective opposite, opposed, contrasted, contrasting, counter, reverse, contrary, contradictory, converse, inverse, poles apart, antipodal The oppressive use of power is antithetical to our ideals.




[ˌæntɪˈθetɪkəl] ADJantitético


[ˌæntɪˈθɛtɪkəl] adjantithétique


[ˌæntɪθɛtɪkl] adjantitetico/a
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