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n. pl. an·tith·e·ses (-sēz′)
1. Direct contrast; opposition.
2. The direct or exact opposite: Hope is the antithesis of despair.
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.]
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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]
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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.
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.”
4. See Hegelian dialectic.
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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.
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|Noun||1.||antithesis - exact opposite; "his theory is the antithesis of mine"|
|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)
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1. opposite, contrast, reverse, contrary, converse, inverse, antipode They are the antithesis of the typical married couple.
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1. The condition of being in conflict:
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antithesis[ænˈtɪθɪsɪs] N (antitheses (pl)) [ænˈtɪθɪsiːz] → antítesis f inv
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antithesis[ænˈtɪθəsɪs] [antitheses] [ænˈtɪθəsiːz] (pl) n → antithèse f
the antithesis of → l'antithèse de
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antithesis[ænˈtɪθɪsɪs] n (antitheses (pl)) [ænˈtɪθɪsiːz] → antitesi f inv; (contrast) → carattere m antitetico
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