American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any two places or regions that are on diametrically opposite sides of the earth.
- n. Something that is the exact opposite or contrary of another; an antipode.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Persons living at diametrically opposite points of the globe, so that their feet are directed toward each other; persons who live on the side of the globe opposite to others.
- Two places on the surface of the globe diametrically opposite to each other; the country or region on the opposite side of the globe.
- Figuratively, things opposed to each other: as a singular, anything diametrically adverse or opposed to another thing belonging to the same general order; a contrary. In the latter sense sometimes used in the singular form antipode (which see).
- n. Any two places or regions that are on diametrically opposite sides of the earth
- n. The southern hemisphere
- n. Used in UK to refer to Australia and New Zealand - (once common, now less so)
- n. figuratively, by extension The opposite of something
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Those who live on the side of the globe diametrically opposite.
- n. The country of those who live on the opposite side of the globe.
- n. Anything exactly opposite or contrary.
- n. any two places or regions on diametrically opposite sides of the Earth
- From Ancient Greek ἀντίποδες (antipodes), plural of ἀντίπους (antipous), from ἀντί (anti, "opposite") + πούς (pous, "foot"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, people with feet opposite ours, from Latin, from Greek, from pl. of antipous, with the feet opposite : anti-, anti- + pous, pod-, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Like Borochov, Lieberman is a Russian-speaking Jew and a committed Zionist, but his vision of peace and stability is at antipodes from the one Borochov set forth in 1917.”
“This artful separation of what was actually perfectly consistent behavior into bogus antipodes is why My Life's therapeutic grid is pure scaffolding, about as meaningful as the little backdrop mantras (for example, "Strong American Communities") that Clinton's White House made a staple of presidential speeches.”
“There was, however, considerable tension over any idea that the lands on the opposite ends of the earth otherwise known as antipodes could be inhabited by people.”
“Accordingly, St. Augustine treats the idea of antipodes as an absurdity; and Lactantius, whom we have already quoted, expressly says “can there possibly be any persons so simple as to believe that there are men whose heads are lower than their feet?” etc.St. Chrysostom exclaims, in his fourteenth homily, “Where are they who pretend that the heavens are movable, and that their form is circular?””
“How at the antipodes was the picture he was seeing!”
“Mr. Newton took me everywhere, even to the little seventeenth-century Swedish church, which architecturally may be described as the antipodes of Philadelphia's newer glory, the Curtis”
“The doctrine of the sphericity of the earth naturally led to thought regarding its inhabitants, and another ancient germ was warmed into life -- the idea of antipodes: of human beings on the earth's opposite sides.”
“Viola's profuse thanks were crossed by Lady Diana's curt apologies; and as poor Piggy, who had genuinely overslept himself, entered with his apologies -- poor fellow -- in a voice very much as if he was trying to say "Grumph, grumph," while he could only say "Wee, wee," they were received solemnly by his uncle with, "The antipodes are a rebuke to you, Pigou.”
“The chance to lose oneself in live sport instead during those unforgiving hours has been a godsend, and ample justification in my view for the continued existence of the antipodes with their wacky time zones.”
“The two antipodes reflect starkly different views of America's oil-producing potential.”
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