• WordNet 3.6
    • n antithesis the juxtaposition of contrasting words or ideas to give a feeling of balance
    • n antithesis exact opposite "his theory is the antithesis of mine"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Antithesis (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.”
    • Antithesis Opposition; contrast.
    • Antithesis The second of two clauses forming an antithesis.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n antithesis Opposition; contrast.
    • n antithesis That which is opposed or contrasted, as one of two opposite judgments or propositions: in this sense opposed to thesis (which see). Specifically
    • n antithesis In rhetoric, a figure consisting in bringing contrary ideas or terms into close opposition; a contrast or an opposition of words or sentiments: as, “When our vices leave us, we flatter ourselves we leave them”; “The prodigal robs his heir, the miser robs himself”; “Excess of ceremony shows want of breeding.”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Antithesis an-tith′e-sis a figure in which thoughts or words are set in contrast: a counter-thesis, counter-proposition: opposition: the contrast
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    Aaron Copland
    “Inspiration may be a form of super-consciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness -- I wouldn't know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. , fr. to set against, to oppose; against + to set. See Thesis
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.; anti, against, tithēmi, to place.


In literature:

Thus seen, socialism appeared as the very antithesis of law and order, of love and chastity, and of religion itself.
"The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice" by Stephen Leacock
If one part of the antithesis is a negation, it takes the rising inflection, whether it comes first or second.
"The Ontario High School Reader" by A.E. Marty
The qualities that made him her antithesis redoubled his worth; and the prestige of romance clung round his head like a nimbus.
"Sacrifice" by Stephen French Whitman
Next to Life the most pregnant symbol in religion is its antithesis, Death.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
With a shuffling step, the very antithesis of his brisk, elastic tread, he turned to the door and passed into the road.
"Miss Mehetabel's Son" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
He teaches them by antithesis.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
It was a relief to turn from such grossness to its antithesis in the shape of two American ladies who sat near us.
"A War-time Journal, Germany 1914 and German Travel Notes" by Harriet Julia Jephson
A large part, at least, of the attributes of each god is recorded in this way by antithesis.
"Studies in Central American Picture-Writing" by Edward S. Holden
This is the tendency toward the apotheosis of the individual in antithesis to society.
"Socialism: Positive and Negative" by Robert Rives La Monte
We are taught by antithesis quite as much as by injunction and direction.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Not very unlike this is the grace of antithesis, when a person shows that the opposite of what he is charged with is base and low.
"Plutarch's Morals" by Plutarch
These are the antithesis of everything bulbuline.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
Socrates, who had been taught by antithesis, understood it.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
Shortly, He represents the complete and absolute contradiction and antithesis of sin.
"Gloria Crucis addresses delivered in Lichfield Cathedral Holy Week and Good Friday, 1907" by J. H. Beibitz
It stands in antithesis to the mediaeval notion of catholicity.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
He was the direct antithesis of Jennings, harnessed lightning in clothes, working early and late.
"The Man from the Bitter Roots" by Caroline Lockhart
I am not criticizing this antithesis at present, but evidently it is quite different from the other.
"Poetry for Poetry's Sake" by A. C. Bradley
Macaulay, perhaps, makes more frequent use of antithesis than any other of our great modern writers.
"Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism" by F. V. N. Painter
It was the future Napoleon who was presaged in the antithesis.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
Faith is the complete antithesis of blind dogma and superstition.
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck

In poetry:

Related by antithesis,
A compromise between us is
Respect perhaps but friendship never:
Falstaff the fool confronts forever
The prig Prince Hal.
"Under Which Lyre" by W H Auden

In news:

Biden's garrulity, gaffes are antithesis of authenticity.
Gang of Six deal is antithesis of reform.
Phillies are antithesis of Astros.
THINK of the outdoor chaise longue as the antithesis of the office chair.
As an amateur and mother in her late 40s, Ms Recart looked the very antithesis of the typical competitor in what is a famously elitist and chauvinistic sport.
Klein was the antithesis of a computer geek, despite the significant role that computers played in his life.
With its rugged beauty and bohemian vibe, the coastline south of Monterey, California, represents the antithesis to urban living.
It is the antithesis of the hurried hurly-burly of air travel , a languid mode of transport which includes dinner, a night in a cabin and breakfast.
Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday fragrance commercial starts out as the antithesis of that.
To your thoughtful Nov 11 report reinforced a widespread and misleading antithesis between a solid undergraduate education and success in the job market.
The antithesis of what we've come to expect from a comedy master, he's an avowed Catholic, a passionate family man and deeply averse to the cynicism he sees in society as a whole and comedy in particular.
German artist Elger Esser sought to create the antithesis of Monet's shimmering, colorful work.
Low-Tech Factory" was to show "low-tech solutions to manufacturing, which is the antithesis to the technological world we are experiencing.
But what would happen if the underlying macho-techno paradigm of the Towers was combined with its antithesis, an architecture of commemoration and revivification.
German artist Elger Esser sought to create the antithesis of Monet 's shimmering, colorful work.

In science:

The most challenging problem is quantifying randomness or its antithesis: order. A many-particle system is completely characterized statistically by the N -body probability density function P (rN ) associated with finding the system with configuration rN .
Is Random Close Packing of Spheres Well Defined?
Furthermore, carbon, being the most covalent of the elements, has a strong tendency to saturate its shell in its allotropes, and is somehow the antithesis of magnetism.
Modeling disorder in graphene
However, the most important feature of the DSEs is the antithesis of this weak-coupling expansion: the DSEs are intrinsically nonperturbative and their solution contains information that is not present in perturbation theory.
QCD bound states and their response to extremes of temperature and density
This is the antithesis of artificial intelligence. Automation of institutional intelligence is what practical people everywhere want and need.
Ten Incredibly Dangerous Software Ideas
Antithesis: Assume that v ≥ 0 is a weak solution in Ω of the EulerLagrange equation (7) with eigenvalue λ > λ1(Ω).
Fractional Eigenvalues
We first show that antithesis (A) implies that any neighborhood of x ∈ ∂D ∩ G contains points of both nodal domains N + and N − .
Vanishing properties of sign changing solutions to p-Laplace type equations in the plane
Then u ≥ 0 on Bδ (x) and by Harnack’s inequality, Theorem 2.5, u ≡ 0 on Bδ/2 (x), which contradicts the maximality of the set D , and hence also the antithesis (A).
Vanishing properties of sign changing solutions to p-Laplace type equations in the plane
For some m, mα is a very singular element of | − m(KX + ∆)| and so a sort of antithesis to Reid’s general elephant.
Rational Curves on Quasi-Projective Surfaces