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antithesis

noun

Definition: 1. the exact opposite of something or someone; 2. a use of words or phrases that contrast with each other to create a balanced effect

Synonyms: opposite, reverse, contradiction, contrast

Antonyms: parallel, similarity

Tips: Antithesis is derived from the Greek antitithenai, which literally means ďto set against." Antithesis is a more sophisticated way of saying "opposite." Use antithesis to refer to someone who is the complete "opposite" of another person.

Usage Examples:

His boisterous and loud speaking manner is the antithesis of his predecessorís more quiet and reserved style. (opposite)

He is my complete antithesis; I like hitting problems head on, while he prefers skirting around difficult issues. (opposite, contrast)

Sue is Johnís antithesis; he is verbose and gregarious, while she is quiet and shy. (direct opposite)

The candidate is the antithesis of his opponent when it comes to his vision and ideology. (extreme opposite, reverse)


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