antithetical

[ an-tuh-thet-i-kuh l ]
/ ˌæn təˈθɛt ɪ kəl /

adjective

of the nature of or involving antithesis.
directly opposed or contrasted; opposite.

Nearby words

  1. antithenar,
  2. antithermic,
  3. antitheses,
  4. antithesis,
  5. antithetic,
  6. antithrombin,
  7. antithrombotic,
  8. antitorque rotor,
  9. antitoxic,
  10. antitoxin

Also Archaic, an·ti·thet·ic.

Origin of antithetical

1575–85; antithetic (< Greek antithetikós, equivalent to anti(ti)thé(nai) to set in opposition + -tikos -tic) + -al1

Related formsan·ti·thet·i·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for anti-thetical

antithetical

antithetic

/ (ˌæntɪˈθɛtɪkəl) /

adjective

of the nature of antithesis
directly contrasted
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Word Origin and History for anti-thetical

antithetical

adj.

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

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