noun, plural an·tith·e·ses [an-tith-uh-seez] /ænˈtɪθ əˌsiz/.
- the placing of a sentence or one of its parts against another to which it is opposed to form a balanced contrast of ideas, as in “Give me liberty or give me death.”
- the second sentence or part thus set in opposition, as “or give me death.”
Origin of antithesis
Synonyms for antithesis
Related Words for antithesesinverse, reverse, converse, contrary, antipode, contradictory, contrast, counter, contra, inversion, contradistinction, antagonism, contradiction, reversal, contrariety, antipole, contraposition
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Historical Examples of antitheses
The answer is that the union is one of complementaries, and not of antitheses.Sex=The Unknown Quantity
We talked of our grief in maxims, and bade each other adieu in antitheses.Pelham, Complete
Is it just a mechanical union of two antitheses, or is it something more?James Frederick Ferrier
Elizabeth Sanderson Haldane
These antitheses might be produced indefinitely, but enough has been said.Dust
Grace and its works are the antitheses of the devil and his works.The Essence of Christianity
noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
Word Origin for antithesis
plural of antithesis.
1520s, from Late Latin antithesis, from Greek antithesis "opposition, resistance," literally "a placing against," also a term in logic and rhetoric, noun of action from antitithenai "to set against, oppose," a term in logic, from anti- "against" (see anti-) + tithenai "to place," from PIE root *dhe- "to put, to do" (see factitious).