Antithesis meaning

ăn-tĭth'ĭ-sĭs
The definition of antithesis is a contrary or opposite opinion, concept, or characteristic.

An example of someone who is the antithesis of friendly is a grump.

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Direct contrast; opposition.
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The direct or exact opposite.

Hope is the antithesis of despair.

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The second stage of the Hegelian dialectic process, representing the opposite of the thesis.
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The second part of such an expression.
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A contrast or opposition.
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The exact opposite.

Joy is the antithesis of sorrow.

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A proposition that is the diametric opposite of some other proposition.
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(rhetoric) A device by which two contrasting ideas are juxtaposed in parallel form.
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A contrast or opposition of thoughts, usually in two phrases, clauses, or sentences (Ex.: you are going; I am staying)
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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