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ANTITHESIS (antitheses)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does antithesis mean? 

ANTITHESIS (noun)
  The noun ANTITHESIS has 2 senses:

1. exact opposite
2. the juxtaposition of contrasting words or ideas to give a feeling of balance

  Familiarity information: ANTITHESIS used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ANTITHESIS (noun)


Sense 1antithesis [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Exact opposite

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Context example:

his theory is the antithesis of mine

Hypernyms ("antithesis" is a kind of...):

oppositeness; opposition (the relation between opposed entities)


Sense 2antithesis [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The juxtaposition of contrasting words or ideas to give a feeling of balance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("antithesis" is a kind of...):

rhetorical device (a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance))


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