- places diametrically opposite each other on the globe.
- those who dwell there.
Origin of antipodes
Examples from the Web for antipodean
A fresh struggle ensued, ending (save in the antipodean regions) in the triumph of the half-castes.The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy
Theodore Lothrop Stoddard
The few who had promised themselves an Antipodean Yuletide in the frost—or slush—of merry England could not keep their words.The Siege of Kimberley
After seeing the performance of this antipodean, one can understand the wonderful vigour of his muscles.Acrobats and Mountebanks
Hugues Le Roux
Very pathetic, and marked by some distinctively Antipodean traits, is the sister of the bushrangers in Robbery under Arms.Australian Writers
Whitman is certainly not an influence; there is not a trace of him anywhere; Whitman and Mr. Pound are antipodean to each other.Ezra Pound: His Metric and Poetry
T. S. Eliot
- either or both of two points, places, or regions that are situated diametrically opposite to one another on the earth's surface, esp the country or region opposite one's own
- the people who live there
- the antipodes (often capital) Australia and New Zealand
- (sometimes functioning as singular) the exact or direct opposite
Word Origin and History for antipodean
late 14c., "persons who dwell on the opposite side of the globe;" 1540s as "place on the opposite side of the earth," from Latin antipodes "those who dwell on the opposite side of the earth," from Greek antipodes, plural of antipous "with feet opposite (ours)," from anti- "opposite" (see anti-) + pous "foot" (see foot (n.)); thus, people who live on the opposite side of the world.
Yonde in Ethiopia ben the Antipodes, men that haue theyr fete ayenst our fete. ["De Proprietatibus Rerum Bartholomeus Anglicus," translated by John of Trevisa, 1398]
Not to be confused with antiscii "those who live on the same meridian on opposite side of the equator," whose shadows fall at noon in the opposite direction, from Greek anti- + skia "shadow." Related: Antipodal (adj.); antipodean (1630s, n.; 1650s, adj.).
- Two places on directly opposite sides of the Earth, such as the North Pole and the South Pole.