antithetical

[an-tuh-thet-i-kuh l]

adjective

of the nature of or involving antithesis.
directly opposed or contrasted; opposite.

Also Archaic, an·ti·thet·ic.

Origin of antithetical

1575–85; antithetic (< Greek antithetikós, equivalent to anti(ti)thé(nai) to set in opposition + -tikos -tic) + -al1
Related formsan·ti·thet·i·cal·ly, adverb
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antithetical

antithetic

adjective

of the nature of antithesis
directly contrasted
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Word Origin and History for antithetic
adj.

"containing an antithesis," c.1600, from Greek antithetikos "setting in opposition," from antithetos "placed in opposition," from antithesis (see antithesis).

antithetical

adj.

1580s, from Greek antithetikos "setting in opposition," from antithetos "placed in opposition" (see antithetic) + -al (1). Related: Antithetically.

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