Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A direct or diametrical opposite: "We just sit and listen to the fullness of the quiet, as an antipode to focused busyness” ( Kathryn A. Knox).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. something directly opposite or diametrically opposed

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the antipodes; anything exactly opposite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the antipodes, or those who dwell on opposite sides of the globe.
  • n. One who or that which is in opposition to or over against another.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. direct opposite

Etymologies

Back-formation from antipodes.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Back-formation from antipodes. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Antipov is the 'antipode' for Pasternak, he is the lost child who makes a violent myth of himself, bringing pain and destruction, ending in baffled suicide.

    Pasternak in Private

  • We take a bialgebra, and we add an "antipode", which behaves sort of like an inverse operation.

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  • Bonnier was equally well-known for his famously roving eye, which may have been alluded to here by the artist in his patron's confident, all-knowing gaze; Nattier's portrait of his wife as the chaste goddess Diana offers a witty antipode.

    With All the Time in the World

  • If the Land of Israel is the epicenter of Jewishness, then what is the antipode of Jewishness?

    Rabbi Shais Taub: Celebrating 70 Years Since The Rebbe Arrived In America

  • Imagine a globe that is tilted so that instead of the North and South Poles being at the top and the bottom, Jerusalem is on the "top" and its antipode on the "bottom."

    Rabbi Shais Taub: Celebrating 70 Years Since The Rebbe Arrived In America

  • Calculations show that the Chicxulub meteorite was certainly big enough to have triggered eruptions at its antipode.

    New Suspects in a 65 Million-Year-Old Mystery

  • But it seems the Deccan Traps probably lay at least 1,000 miles away from Chicxulub's antipode at the time, though it would take just a little error in our assumptions about the speed and direction of Mexico's and India's motion to put India over the antipode.

    New Suspects in a 65 Million-Year-Old Mystery

  • When we turn the topic to relaxation's antipode, stress, the bravado of a few -- "I'm fine, we're all fine," claims one boy; "it was simply a natural disaster" intones another -- contends with the more complex memories of their classmates.

    James S. Gordon: At School: A Place to Help Haitian Children

  • He had to leave the island to find himself as a black man, eventually rooting in Chicago, the antipode of remote and exotic Honolulu, deep in the fold of the mainland, and there set out on the path that led toward politics and national power.

    Into the Story

  • What drug, what surgical operation, what wisdom from what physician, what felicitous phrase from the Santo antipode Vin Scully could have been better treatment for a sick old baseball guy?

    Into the Story

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  • A word that pricks the long ears of certain Wordnik marsupials. I expect bilby to pop in any second. In the meantime, the word was used in railroad telegraphs to signify "Appearances are doubtful". --US Railway Association, Standard Cipher Code, 1906.

    January 20, 2013

  • *guffaw*

    July 24, 2009

  • I'd rather be in that situation than be an anticommode.

    July 24, 2009

  • But what if you awake to find yourself standing on the surface of a Klein bottle? What then?

    One sneeze and you'd probably vanish up your own butt?

    Gives me an idea for the next volume in my series of children's books, "Millicent the millipede". Oh, the places she'll go!

    July 24, 2009

  • Yes, qroqqa. The antipode to the antipode would be you, or someone very near you. Maybe only a foot away.

    July 23, 2009

  • This is from the Greek, meaning opposite feet. On a sphere, people on the other side will be upside down, with their feet the opposite way of yours.

    July 23, 2009

  • Is the antipode to the antipode called a "pode"?

    July 23, 2009

  • In her Adventures in Wonderland, Alice mixes what would've been a clever use of this word up with 'antipathy,' falling down the rabbit-hole:

    "I wonder if I shall fall right through the earth! How funny it'll seem to come out among the people that walk with their heads downward! The Antipathies, I think—" (she was rather glad there WAS no one listening, this time, as it didn't sound at all the right word) (...)

    July 18, 2008

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