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antipodes

[an-tip-uh-deez]
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plural noun
  1. places diametrically opposite each other on the globe.
  2. those who dwell there.
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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
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Related Words

antipodaladverseantitheticalcontradictorycontraryconversediametricdiametricalinverseobverseopposedopposingpolarreverse

Examples from the Web for antipodean

Historical Examples

  • A fresh struggle ensued, ending (save in the antipodean regions) in the triumph of the half-castes.

    The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy

    Theodore Lothrop Stoddard

  • The few who had promised themselves an Antipodean Yuletide in the frost—or slush—of merry England could not keep their words.

  • After seeing the performance of this antipodean, one can understand the wonderful vigour of his muscles.

  • Very pathetic, and marked by some distinctively Antipodean traits, is the sister of the bushrangers in Robbery under Arms.

    Australian Writers

    Desmond Byrne

  • Whitman is certainly not an influence; there is not a trace of him anywhere; Whitman and Mr. Pound are antipodean to each other.


British Dictionary definitions for antipodean

antipodes

pl n
  1. 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
  2. the people who live there
  3. the antipodes (often capital) Australia and New Zealand
  4. (sometimes functioning as singular) the exact or direct opposite
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Derived Formsantipodean (ænˌtɪpəˈdiːən), adjective, noun

Word Origin

C16: via Late Latin from Greek, plural of antipous having the feet opposite, from anti- + pous foot
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Word Origin and History for antipodean

antipodes

n.

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.).

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antipodean in Science

antipodes

[ăn-tĭpə-dēz′]
  1. Two places on directly opposite sides of the Earth, such as the North Pole and the South Pole.
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antipodean in Culture

antipodes

[(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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