antithesis antithesis  /æn ˈtɪ θə səs/


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

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  1. The newly elected leaders of the fledgling democracy were an antithesis of the earlier leadership of the repressive and brutal era.
  2. After a week spent assuring the country that he is the antithesis of his widely despised predecessor, the President made the same mistakes as Mr Davies.
  3. Some analysts think that the new approach of basing power on diplomacy is the very antithesis of the earlier regime's credo of basing diplomacy on power.



  1. "We have zero in common, bar the fact that we both play golf," Harrington told The Guardian. "He is the antithesis of me, and I am the antithesis of him. We play the game in exactly the opposite way. He is destined to find the long game easy...
    on Dec 10, 2008 By: Padraig Harrington Source: SkySports

  2. "Steve was the antithesis of a business-school-minted android," Mr. Remnick said. "He had Groucho's big cigar and sly mustache, and he was pinstriped and dapper like one of Peter Arno's cartoon executives."
    on Dec 27, 2007 By: David Remnick Source: New York Times

  3. "You felt like you knew him because he was such the antithesis of so much of what sports broadcasting is today," Keteyian said. "He wasn't a screamer. He didn't make it about him."
    on Jun 10, 2006 By: Armen Keteyian Source:

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