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
Recent Examples of antithetical from the Web
While Obama was in an Islamic country and Trump in a Western one during these respective speeches, the difference in tones transcended location and marked antithetical historic strains of Western culture.
This approach works on campus, but is completely antithetical to how corporate America works.
Yet those two teams couldn’t be more antithetical, and their differences highlight just how much the game has evolved.
For the vast majority of Muslims, however, violence is antithetical to Ramadan.
Many, presumably, would prefer to have avoided the optics of the inevitable photo-op with President Trump, whose views on immigration, net neutrality, and climate change are antithetical to most of their own.
But heckling that is so loud and continuous a speaker literally cannot be heard is little different from putting a hand over a speaker’s mouth and should be viewed as antithetical to the values free speech.
Taking time to think about unsexy HR practices often feels antithetical to hard-charging disruption.
The contradiction here is, even as Comey sort of conjures up the independent FBI, a sovereign law enforcement agency, is antithetical to -- Gigot: Under the Constitution. Rago: -- democracy and political accountability.
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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."
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