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[an-tuh-thet-i-kuh l]
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  1. of the nature of or involving antithesis.
  2. directly opposed or contrasted; opposite.
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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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Related Words for antithetic

conflicting, antithetical, incompatible, contrary, inconsistent, paradoxical, contrasting, disparate, distinct, distinctive, peculiar, offbeat, diverse, various, particular, distant, other, divergent, counter, reverse

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Historical Examples of antithetic

  • From this point of view, there is properly no antithetic of pure reason.

    The Critique of Pure Reason

    Immanuel Kant

  • But the heresy was as incoherent and as credulous as the antithetic orthodoxy.

    The Promise Of American Life

    Herbert David Croly

  • However serious or painful the topic, Heine could enliven it by his clever Jewish antithetic wit.

    Wagner as I Knew Him

    Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger

  • To one familiar with Parisian ways these antithetic notices promised a beautiful scrimmage.

    Paris and the Social Revolution

    Alvan Francis Sanborn

  • It is connected with and founded upon the antithetic assertion of the eternity of Iahvah.

British Dictionary definitions for antithetic



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


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

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

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