an·​the·​sis | \ an-ˈthē-səs How to pronounce anthesis (audio) \

Definition of anthesis

: the action or period of opening of a flower

Examples of anthesis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As Chinese were starving and stumbling from one bloody five-year tragedy to the next during the latter half of the 20th century, Hong Kong was thriving under a system that can only be described as the anthesis of the mainland’s. David Harsanyi, National Review, "R.I.P. Hong Kong," 12 Aug. 2020 Aisha Praught-Leer says the Olympics are the anthesis of what is needed in the current crisis. oregonlive, "It appears the coronavirus-postponed Olympics will take place in July and August of 2021: Oregon track & field rundown," 29 Mar. 2020 The winter staple is basically the anthesis of Billie's entire vibe, but that only makes this look cooler. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Billie Eilish Wore an Oversized Turtleneck and She Looks So Un-Billie," 21 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of anthesis

circa 1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anthesis

borrowed from New Latin, borrowed from Greek ánthēsis "blooming," from anthē-, variant stem of antheîn "to blossom, bloom" (verbal derivative of ánthos "flower") + -sis -sis — more at antho-

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The first known use of anthesis was circa 1823

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20 Aug 2020

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“Anthesis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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