V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
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.
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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