[ an-tith-uh-sis ]
/ ænˈtɪθ ə sɪs /
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noun, plural an·tith·e·ses [an-tith-uh-seez]. /ænˈtɪθ əˌsiz/.

opposition; contrast: the antithesis of right and wrong.
the direct opposite (usually followed by of or to): Her behavior was the very antithesis of cowardly.
  1. 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.”
  2. the second sentence or part thus set in opposition, as “or give me death.”
Philosophy. See under Hegelian dialectic.



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Origin of antithesis

1520–30; <Latin <Greek: opposition, equivalent to anti(ti)thé(nai) to oppose + -sis-sis. See anti-, thesis
self-an·tith·e·sis, noun
antithesis , synthesis, thesis
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British Dictionary definitions for antithesis

/ (ænˈtɪθɪsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)

the exact opposite
contrast or opposition
rhetoric the juxtaposition of contrasting ideas, phrases, or words so as to produce an effect of balance, such as my words fly up, my thoughts remain below
philosophy the second stage in the Hegelian dialectic contradicting the thesis before resolution by the synthesis
C15: via Latin from Greek: a setting against, from anti- + tithenai to place
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