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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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Historical Examples

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

    Bohemian Days

    Geo. Alfred Townsend

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

  • Personality is always a mystery with its antithetically mingled elements in man and woman.

British Dictionary definitions for antithetically



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



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

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