- a direct or exact opposite.
Origin of antipode
- places diametrically opposite each other on the globe.
- those who dwell there.
Origin of antipodes
Related Words for antipodeantipodes, inverse, reverse, obverse, antithesis, converse, contrary, antipole
Examples from the Web for antipode
Historical Examples of antipode
Self-reverence is the antipode of self-conceit, of selfishness.The Soul of a People
It is the antipode to the hand of those who have large, lovable natures.The World I Live In
This is just his antipode, who, having all things, yet has nothing.Essays
As I understand it, spiritualism is the antipode of Christian Science.Retrospection and Introspection
Mary Baker Eddy
Mortal man is the antipode of immortal man, and the two should not be confounded.No and Yes
Mary Baker Eddy
- the exact or direct opposite
- 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 for antipodes
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.