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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 antithetical

contradictory, contrary, converse, counter, inverse, opposed, opposite, contrasted, polarized

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British Dictionary definitions for antithetical



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


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

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