- opposition; contrast: the antithesis of right and wrong.
- the direct opposite (usually followed by of or to): Her behavior was the very antithesis of cowardly.
- the placing of a sentence or one of its parts against another to which it is opposed to form a balanced contrast of ideas, as in “Give me liberty or give me death.”
- the second sentence or part thus set in opposition, as “or give me death.”
- Philosophy. See under Hegelian dialectic.
Origin of antithesis
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
- an interpretive method, originally used to relate specific entities or events to the absolute idea, in which some assertible proposition (thesis) is necessarily opposed by an equally assertible and apparently contradictory proposition (antithesis), the mutual contradiction being reconciled on a higher level of truth by a third proposition (synthesis).
Examples from the Web for antithesis
Belle Knox is the antithesis of Jenna Jameson—and not just in looks.Porn Keeps Up with the Kardashians: Belle Knox on the Mainstreaming of Adult Stars
September 27, 2014
To me this is the antithesis of what travel should be about.Obama’s Extravagant Summer Break? More Like, America’s Vacation-Deficit Disorder
August 10, 2014
Married at First Sight is the antithesis of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.Reality TV’s Arranged Marriage Fail
July 9, 2014
Located just across the border from Kilis, the camp is the antithesis of the “five-star” Kilis camp.Millions of Refugees from Syria’s War Are Clinging to Life In Toxic Conditions
April 14, 2014
But there is something epically sad about the antithesis: the surprise disappointment.The Failure of ‘Sean Saves the World’ Is Epically Disappointing
January 29, 2014
He was only misled by his love of antithesis into a hasty and illogical remark.Wilfrid Cumbermede
That seems to arise out of the antithesis to the former conception of love.Phaedrus
But the number of thinkers whom this antithesis does not satisfy grows daily.Evolution in Modern Thought
There are forms of antithesis in which the contrast is only of a secondary kind.The Verbalist
Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
If one part of the antithesis is a negation, what is the Inflection?The Ontario High School Reader
- the exact opposite
- contrast or opposition
- rhetoric the juxtaposition of contrasting ideas, phrases, or words so as to produce an effect of balance, such as my words fly up, my thoughts remain below
- philosophy the second stage in the Hegelian dialectic contradicting the thesis before resolution by the synthesis
- philosophy an interpretive method in which the contradiction between a proposition (thesis) and its antithesis is resolved at a higher level of truth (synthesis)
Word Origin and History for antithesis
1520s, from Late Latin antithesis, from Greek antithesis "opposition, resistance," literally "a placing against," also a term in logic and rhetoric, noun of action from antitithenai "to set against, oppose," a term in logic, from anti- "against" (see anti-) + tithenai "to place," from PIE root *dhe- "to put, to do" (see factitious).