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antithesis

an·ti·the·sis

antithesis

pronunciation:
aen tI th sihs
part of speech: noun
inflections: antitheses
definition 1: the exact opposite (usu. fol. by to or of).
Their behavior was the antithesis of good manners.
synonyms:
antipode, contrary, converse, inverse, opposite
similar words:
negative, on the contrary, pole, reverse
definition 2: a clear oppositeness; contrast.
We will study the antithesis of freedom and slavery.
synonyms:
opposition, polarity
similar words:
contrariety, contrast
derivations: antithetic (adj.), antithetical (adj.), antithetically (adv.)