from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or along a diameter.
- adj. Exactly opposite; contrary.
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- adj. Of or pertaining to a diagonal
- adj. Completely opposed
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to a diameter; along a diameter; diametral.
- Pertaining to the extremities, as if of a diametrical line; extreme in degree; absolute; utmost: as, their characters are diametrical opposites.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. characterized by opposite extremes; completely opposed
- adj. related to or along a diameter
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These ideologically diametrical right and left poles of Pakistani politics are held together only one common trait: their common elitist nihilism.
Syria is almost the diametrical opposite of all that.
The Sextons dub this syndrome "conspicuous conservation," which is directly diametrical to "conspicuous consumption" -- our current materialistic cultural orientation that contributes mightily to the unsustainable exploitation of the earth's natural resources.
The impulse for any composer who uses minimalism as a style today – whether you're Thom Yorke or Nico Muhly – is the diametrical opposite of what Reich and Riley were up to half a century ago.
By continuing to give our political support to an administration whose actions have demonstrated a diametrical * opposition* to that “narrative”?
But Cameroni concludes that since the stimulus efforts have failed to put needed money back into the money supply, the stimulus program should be abandoned in favor of its diametrical opposite -- belt-tightening austerity.
Gillian Polack 3:55 pm: Get a good cup of coffee, bite off the diametrical corners of your Tim Tam and drink the coffee through the Tim Tam.
These diametrical elements formed part of an overarching unity that could not be reduced to mere opposition between positive and negative; rather, each side formed an essential part of the whole.
Rep. Perriello's problems are the result of strange congressional district lines in Virginia that combine the forward-thinking, more liberal Charlottesville area University of Virginia territory with a backward, redneck, Bible-thumping area that is its diametrical opposite.
The overall RATING is a synthesis of the two diametrical opposites, ELO CHESS and PURE POINTS (PREDICTOR).