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antithesis


  2  definitions  found 
 
  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 
  {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.'' 
 
  2.  The  second  of  two  clauses  forming  an  antithesis. 
 
  3.  Opposition;  contrast. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  antithesis 
  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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