Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Direct contrast; opposition.
  • noun The direct or exact opposite.
  • noun A figure of speech in which sharply contrasting ideas are juxtaposed in a balanced or parallel phrase or grammatical structure, as in
  • noun The second and contrasting part of such a juxtaposition.
  • noun The second stage of the Hegelian dialectic process, representing the opposite of the thesis.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Opposition; contrast.
  • noun That which is opposed or contrasted, as one of two opposite judgments or propositions: in this sense opposed to thesis (which see). Specifically
  • noun In rhetoric, a figure consisting in bringing contrary ideas or terms into close opposition; a contrast or an opposition of words or sentiments: as, “When our vices leave us, we flatter ourselves we leave them”; “The prodigal robs his heir, the miser robs himself”; “Excess of ceremony shows want of breeding.”

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Rhet.) An opposition or contrast of words or sentiments occurring in the same sentence; as, “The prodigal robs his heir; the miser robs himself.” “He had covertly shot at Cromwell; he how openly aimed at the Queen.”
  • noun The second of two clauses forming an antithesis.
  • noun Opposition; contrast.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A proposition that is the diametric opposite of some other proposition.
  • noun rhetoric A device by which two contrasting ideas are juxtaposed in parallel form.

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

  • noun exact opposite
  • noun the juxtaposition of contrasting words or ideas to give a feeling of balance

Etymologies

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

[Late Latin, from Greek, from antitithenai, antithe-, to oppose : anti-, anti- + tithenai, to set; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Ancient Greek ἀντί (anti, "against") + θέσις (thesis, "position").

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