Definition of antithetical in English:

antithetical

Line breaks: anti|thet¦ic¦al
Pronunciation: /ˌantɪˈθɛtɪk(ə)l
 
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adjective

  • 2Connected with, containing, or using the rhetorical device of antithesis: when praising the government, Pyrocles invokes the familiar oxymoronic and antithetical mode
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    • The great age of English satire began with Dryden, who perfected the epigrammatic and antithetical use of the heroic couplet for this purpose.
    • His own prose style plays a part in some of the richest characterizations: the essay on Coriolanus is abrasive, that on Macbeth antithetical, on Hamlet inward-looking.
    • It is written in Attic Greek, with much studiedly antithetical rhetoric and frequent verbal borrowings from the classical authors, above all Thucydides.

Derivatives

antithetic

adjective
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  • The differences in world views between America and continental Europe are gradual, not antithetic, and the similarities exceed the differences by large.
  • In contemporary usage, civil society is usually regarded as antithetic to the state.
  • Whichever cause has created these effects, the current condition of the church in this country is antithetic to the purpose for which Christ started it

antithetically

adverb
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  • Casual as these associations may be - other readers will surely draw their own, perhaps antithetically - they make a compelling case for the critical relevance of a lost body of writing whose aesthetic interest isn't always apparent.
  • Christ's teachings so specifically preach the virtues of compassion and love and humility and nonjudgmentalism - to see Christians behaving so antithetically toward the teachings of Christ, I'm really offended by it.
  • He practices directing as antithetically and abusively to the author's intentions as perversely possible, reaping kudos from benighted reviewers and audiences alike.

Origin

late 16th century (in sense 2): from Greek antithetikos, from antithetos 'placed in opposition', from antitithenai 'set against'.

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