Antithesis An*tith"e*sis, n.; pl. {Antitheses}. [L., fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to set against, to oppose; ? against + ? to set. See {Thesis}.] 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.'' [1913 Webster]

2. The second of two clauses forming an antithesis. [1913 Webster]

3. Opposition; contrast. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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