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antithetical

[an-tuh-thet-i-kuh l] /ˌæn təˈθɛt ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
of the nature of or involving antithesis.
2.
directly opposed or contrasted; opposite.
Also, Archaic, antithetic.
Origin of antithetical
1575-1585
1575-85; antithetic (< Greek antithetikós, equivalent to anti(ti)thé(nai) to set in opposition + -tikos -tic) + -al1
Related forms
antithetically, adverb
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  • But their special interests as employer and employee are antithetical.

    Socialism John Spargo
  • Explain the opposite Inflections on antithetical words and phrases.

  • Why speak of the God of Nature and the God of grace as two antithetical terms?

    Daily Thoughts Charles Kingsley
  • The antithetical style reminds one of the writing of Ashmun.

  • Phrases have great power when they are antithetical or alliterative.

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    William Graham Sumner
British Dictionary definitions for antithetical

antithetical

/ˌæntɪˈθɛtɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of the nature of antithesis
2.
directly contrasted
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Word Origin and History for antithetical
adj.

1580s, from Greek antithetikos "setting in opposition," from antithetos "placed in opposition" (see antithetic) + -al (1). Related: Antithetically.

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