Definitions

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  • n. The presence of dueling polarities within one entity, thought of as typical for the Scottish psyche and literature.

Etymologies

anti- +‎ syzygy, coined by G. Gregory Smith in Scottish Literature: Character and Influence (1919). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As per antisyzygy here, I tried looking for songs with punctuation in the title though I wasn't strict on the bit about sorting songs by song-length.

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  • syzygy is a kind of unity, especially through coordination or alignment according to the Wikipedia. So antisyzygy is being out of alignment. This is the sense in which I most usually use it in connection with myself. Hugh MacDairmid referred to the Caledonian antisyzygy to refer eg to the seemingly morally contradictory quality of the works of Robert Louis Stevenson and James Hogg (Wikipedia again).

    November 30, 2008