Definition of antithetical
antitheticallyplay \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
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Examples of antithetical in a sentence
the antithetical forces of good and evil
spiritual concerns and ideals that are antithetical to the materialism embraced by modern society
Did You Know?
Antithetical and "antithesis" entered English in the 16th century. Their etymological paths pass through Late Latin and ultimately lead to Greek (the Greek words antitithenai and "antithesis" mean "to oppose" and "opposition," respectively). The oldest sense of the English "antithesis" refers to a language pattern that contrasts parallel ideas, as in "action, not words" or "they promised freedom and provided slavery." "Antithetical" can mean "constituting or marked by such language patterns." For example, you could say "The phrase 'action, not words' is an antithetical construction." It is more common in current use, however, for "antithesis" to mean "the exact opposite" and for "antithetical" to mean "directly opposite."
Origin and Etymology of antithetical
First Known Use: 1583
Synonym Discussion of antithetical
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