[ an-tuh-thet-i-kuh l ]
/ ˌæn təˈθɛt ɪ kəl /


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

OTHER WORDS FROM antithetical

an·ti·thet·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for antithetically

  • "I am just getting a soldier's stuff into me," responded Pisgah, antithetically.

    Bohemian Days|Geo. Alfred Townsend
  • Personality is always a mystery with its antithetically mingled elements in man and woman.

  • The actual finale begins (so to speak) antithetically with the last misfortune of the unlucky Spithridates.

British Dictionary definitions for antithetically



/ (ˌæntɪˈθɛtɪkəl) /


of the nature of antithesis
directly contrasted
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