Antithesis Definition

ăn-tĭthĭ-sĭs
antitheses
noun
Direct contrast; opposition.
American Heritage
A contrast or opposition of thoughts, usually in two phrases, clauses, or sentences (Ex.: you are going; I am staying)
Webster's New World
The direct or exact opposite.
Hope is the antithesis of despair.
American Heritage
The second part of such an expression.
Webster's New World
A figure of speech in which sharply contrasting ideas are juxtaposed in a balanced or parallel phrase or grammatical structure, as in.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Antithesis

Noun

Singular:
antithesis
Plural:
antitheses

Origin of Antithesis

  • Late Latin from Greek from antitithenai antithe- to oppose anti- anti- tithenai to set dhē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek ἀντί (anti, “against”) + θέσις (thesis, “position”).

    From Wiktionary

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