Definitions

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

  • n.pl. Any two places or regions that are on diametrically opposite sides of the earth.
  • n.pl. Something that is the exact opposite or contrary of another; an antipode.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. The opposite of something

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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).

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

  • n. any two places or regions on diametrically opposite sides of the Earth

Etymologies

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)
From Ancient Greek ἀντίποδες (antipodes), plural of ἀντίπους (antipous), from ἀντί (anti, "opposite") + πούς (pous, "foot"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    "Israel Is Our Home"

  • 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.

    Policy Wank

  • 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.

    Christians With Closed Hearts And Minds

  • 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?”

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • How at the antipodes was the picture he was seeing!

    The Man from the Bitter Roots

  • 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

    Roving East and Roving West

  • 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.

    A History of the warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom

  • 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.

    My Young Alcides

  • 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.

    Why I prefer Blackpool route to the Bondi one | Martin Kelner

  • The two antipodes reflect starkly different views of America's oil-producing potential.

    Bill Chameides: How Much Black Gold Is in Them Thar Hills?

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