Hypertext Webster Gateway: "antithesis"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Antithesis \An*tith"e*sis\, n.; pl. {Antitheses}. [L., fr. Gr.
?, fr. ? to set against, to oppose; ? against + ? to set. See
1. (Rhet.) An opposition or contrast of words or sentiments
occurring in the same sentence; as, ``The prodigal robs
his heir; the miser robs himself.'' ``He had covertly shot
at Cromwell; he how openly aimed at the Queen.''

2. The second of two clauses forming an antithesis.

3. Opposition; contrast.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: exact opposite; "his theory is the antithesis of mine"
2: the juxtaposition of contrasting words or ideas to give a
feeling of balance

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