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Pronunciation:  an'tithisis

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the juxtaposition of contrasting words or ideas to give a feeling of balance
  2. [n]  exact opposite; "his theory is the antithesis of mine"

ANTITHESIS is a 10 letter word that starts with A.


 See Also: oppositeness, opposition, rhetorical device



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\An*tith"e*sis\, n.; pl. {Antitheses}. [L., fr. Gr.
?, fr. ? to set against, to oppose; ? against + ? to set. See
1. (Rhet.) An opposition or contrast of words or sentiments
   occurring in the same sentence; as, ``The prodigal robs
   his heir; the miser robs himself.'' ``He had covertly shot
   at Cromwell; he how openly aimed at the Queen.''

2. The second of two clauses forming an antithesis.

3. Opposition; contrast.

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