Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal.
Related to antithetic: ameliorating, withering


 (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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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)
References in classic literature ?
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.
To the south, as the section thins to the shield, a series of antithetic faults give rise to many traps containing heavy to extra-heavy oils; but as a result of high temperatures, these oils have relatively low viscosity and can be produced without extra stimulation.
Howard Root is living quite the antithetic existence, at least professionally.
It is also challenging the notions of 'child soldiers' and the 'lost boys', problematizing these labels as antithetic to child protection.
Payne WA (2010) Are biofuels antithetic to long-term sustainability of soil and water resources?
If in the past the increase of the punishment limits provided by the law was seen as one of the main solutions for the increase of the criminal phenomenon in different areas, with the occasion of the recent amendment in the criminal law the legislator selected an antithetic mechanism of diminishing the punishing regime.
Antithetic to this mode of experiential self-focus are states akin to depression, that are conducive of biased attention toward negativity, biased thoughts and rumination, and dysfunctional self schemas.
These three possibilities are labeled synonymous parallelism, antithetic parallelism, and synthetic parallelism" (240).
Before the socialist era, national and industrial architecture scarcely crossed paths, and were regarded as antithetic, if not mutually exclusive.
Even Amgen, a decision that sanctioned a (b)(3) class, recognized that individual issues could defeat class certification even if the most prominent issue was common to the class--an idea that is antithetic to Judge Posner-style issue certification.
While [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] is usually endowed with a positive meaning, [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] is more of an ambiguous word, often used in a negative connotation to convey the idea of 'recklessness', antithetic to that of [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII].
Due to frequent numerous and antithetic criteria established dealing with actual decision making problems, MCDM methods have become one of the most commonly used branches of operation research science during last decades (Triantaphyllou 2000; Figueira et al.