antiperistasis love


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  • n. The heightening of the force of an opposing process

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Opposition by which the quality opposed asquires strength; resistance or reaction roused by opposition or by the action of an opposite principle or quality.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Antagonism of natural qualities, as of light and darkness, heat and cold; specifically, opposition of contrary qualities by which one or both are intensified, or the intensification so produced.
  • n. In rhetoric, a figure consisting in granting what an opponent states as fact, but denying his inference therefrom.


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  • Possibly that malignity that first threw the slander, not being exasperated by the rebound of an other, would have vanished and expired in silence, perhaps in the ingenuities of repentance; and it is not impossible but that, to make amends, it might, by a kind of antiperistasis, have turned into friend ship: for injuries dissembled not unusually are exchanged for courtesies.

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. V.

  • Some at this time were much afraid of the increase of Anabaptism, which, by a kind of antiperistasis, is observed the more to in - crease thereby; there being little observable in them, that make profession of that and other novel errors, but the glory of their suffering for something that, with this sort of people, goes for truth.

    Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society

  • Rejecting the discredited Aristotelian idea of antiperistasis, according to which the tendency of a thrown projectile to continue moving is due to a proximate but external moving cause (such as the air surrounding it), [50] he argues that only an internal motive force, transmitted from the mover to the projectile, could explain its continued motion.

    John Buridan

  • In circuitu ambulant impij; honest by antiperistasis.

    Bacon is Shake-Speare

  • When he disputed with the doctors, every argument was a demonstration of his deity; and during the whole course of his ministry, all the mighty works he did were further manifestations of a divine nature wrapped up in the flesh: even his death proved, that there was something in him that could not die; and the very effects of mortality, by a strange antiperistasis, declared him to be immortal; 1 Pet. iii.

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. VII.

  • We are by nature wholly in a state of sin and enmity against God; and how these qualifications should merit grace at his hands, I know not, unless, by an unheard of, strange antiperistasis, the most hateful object should excite an act of the greatest love.

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. VI.

  • The sum of all must be this: Had not God been merciful, he had not been dishonoured; and sin had not abounded, but by the antiperistasis of grace.

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. VI.

  • For there is no such thing as gathering grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles; no turning the incentives of vice into the instruments of virtue, or growing holy by a kind of antiperistasis.

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. IV.

  • While their brethren, who yet remained in their own land, were worshipping images by choice, they in Babylon would not be brought to it by constraint, but, as if they were good by antiperistasis, were most zealous against idolatry in an idolatrous country.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

  • God often by a divine antiperistasis turns the sins of others to our good, and makes our maladies our medicines.

    The Art of Divine Contentment: An Exposition of Philippians 4:11


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  • JM thoroughly enjoys a good, old fashioned antiperistasis

    December 22, 2010

  • Opposition or resistance. (from Phrontistery)

    May 22, 2008