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antithetical

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adjective an·ti·thet·i·cal \ˌan-tə-ˈthe-ti-kəl\

Simple Definition of antithetical

  • : directly opposite or opposed

Full Definition of antithetical

  1. 1 :  constituting or marked by antithesis

  2. 2 :  being in direct and unequivocal opposition

an·ti·thet·i·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of antithetical

  1. the antithetical forces of good and evil

  2. <spiritual concerns and ideals that are antithetical to the materialism embraced by modern society>



1583

First Known Use of antithetical

1583

Variants of antithetical

also an·ti·thet·ic play \-ˈthe-tik\

Synonym Discussion of antithetical

opposite, contradictory, contrary, antithetical mean being so far apart as to be or seem irreconcilable. opposite applies to things in sharp contrast or in conflict <opposite views on foreign aid>. contradictory applies to two things that completely negate each other so that if one is true or valid the other must be untrue or invalid <made contradictory predictions about whether the market would rise or fall>. contrary implies extreme divergence or diametrical opposition <contrary assessments of the war situation>. antithetical stresses clear and unequivocal diametrical opposition <a law that is antithetical to the very idea of democracy>.


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