[ an-tuh-thet-i-kuhl ]
/ ˌæn təˈθɛt ɪ kəl /
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of the nature of or involving antithesis.
directly opposed or contrasted; opposite.
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Also Archaic, an·ti·thet·ic .
Origin of antithetical
First recorded in 1575–85; from Greek antithetikós “setting in opposition, contrasting” (from antíthetos “opposed”) + -al; see origin at antithesis, -tic, -al1.
OTHER WORDS FROM antitheticalan·ti·thet·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use antithetical in a sentence
Here "on its beginning" is set over antithetically against "to torment," whereas the context requires "to its blessedness."
In early alliterative poetry it is especially used antithetically with "bliss."
The jurists often mention antithetically universal successions and those confined to a single specific thing.The Common Law|Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
The former always speak by way of antithesis,—the latter seldom construe their leaders' words antithetically.The Philosophy of Natural Theology|William Jackson
The actual finale begins (so to speak) antithetically with the last misfortune of the unlucky Spithridates.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1|George Saintsbury
British Dictionary definitions for antithetical
/ (ˌæntɪˈθɛtɪkəl) /
of the nature of antithesis
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