- places diametrically opposite each other on the globe.
- those who dwell there.
Origin of antipodes
- a group of islands SE of and belonging to New Zealand. 24 sq. mi. (62 sq. km).
- a direct or exact opposite.
Origin of antipode
Related Words for antipodesinverse, reverse, obverse, antithesis, converse, contrary, antipode, antipole
Examples from the Web for antipodes
Historical Examples of antipodes
Opposite neighbors, and as far removed as if we had lived at the antipodes.The First Violin
Was it not generally believed in former times, that there were no antipodes?The Phantom World
John Feversham, the nephew, was almost the antipodes of his uncle.Clare Avery
Emily Sarah Holt
A spirit whispered the news to Sir Francis, who was at the Antipodes.Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts
The Spanish clergy declared that the theory of the antipodes was hostile to the faith.How to Succeed
Orison Swett Marden
- 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
- the exact or direct opposite
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.