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being as different as possible
  • those two are fundamentally opposite—she being loquacious and outgoing where he is quiet and reserved

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Synonyms & Antonyms of opposite (Entry 2 of 2)

something that is as different as possible from something else
  • no matter what I say, you insist on the opposite

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How does the adjective opposite differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of opposite are antithetical, contradictory, and contrary. While all these words 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

When is it sensible to use antithetical instead of opposite?

While the synonyms antithetical and opposite are close in meaning, antithetical stresses clear and unequivocal diametrical opposition.

a law that is antithetical to the very idea of democracy

Where would contradictory be a reasonable alternative to opposite?

The words contradictory and opposite can be used in similar contexts, but 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

When is contrary a more appropriate choice than opposite?

The meanings of contrary and opposite largely overlap; however, contrary implies extreme divergence or diametrical opposition.

contrary assessments of the war situation

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The first known use of opposite was in the 14th century

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“Opposite.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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