[ an-ti-pohd ]
/ ˈæn tɪˌpoʊd /


a direct or exact opposite.

Nearby words

  1. antiphrasis,
  2. antiphus,
  3. antiplasmin,
  4. antiplastic,
  5. antipodal,
  6. antipodes,
  7. antipodes islands,
  8. antipoetic,
  9. antipole,
  10. antipollution

Origin of antipode

First recorded in 1540–50; back formation from antipodes


[ an-tip-uh-deez ]
/ ænˈtɪp əˌdiz /

plural noun

places diametrically opposite each other on the globe.
those who dwell there.

Origin of antipodes

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek (hoi) antípodes literally, (those) with the feet opposite (plural of antípous), equivalent to anti- anti- + -podes, nominative plural of poûs foot

Related formsan·tip·o·de·an [an-tip-uh-dee-uh n] /ænˌtɪp əˈdi ən/, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for antipode


/ (ˈæntɪpəʊd) /


the exact or direct opposite


/ (ænˈtɪpəˌdiːz) /

pl n

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
Derived Formsantipodean (ænˌtɪpəˈdiːən), adjective, noun

Word Origin for antipodes

C16: via Late Latin from Greek, plural of antipous having the feet opposite, from anti- + pous foot

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for antipode


Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for antipode


[ ăn-tĭpə-dēz′ ]

Two places on directly opposite sides of the Earth, such as the North Pole and the South Pole.
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Culture definitions for antipode


[ (an-tip-uh-deez) ]

Two places on the globe that are exactly opposite each other; for example, the North Pole and South Pole.

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