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Definition of Antithesis


  1. 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.

Antithesis Quotations

The success of the suffrage movement would injure women spiritually and intellectually, for they would be assuming a burden though they knew themselves unable to bear it. It is the sediment, not the wave, of a sex. It is the antithesis of that highest and sweetest mystery - conviction by submission, and conquest by sacrifice.
John Boyle O'Reilly

In brief, egoism in its modern interpretation, is the antithesis, not of altruism, but of idealism.
John Buchanan Robinson

I sometimes struggle, because my job is like the antithesis of what surfing is all about. Surfing's simple. It's real.
Paul Walker

Now a great debate has been born. The thesis is Democratic Socialism. The antithesis is free-market capitalism. The Obama Democrats have posed the challenge. It is now up to the Republicans to pick it up and fight along these lines.
Dick Morris

A moral monopoly is the antithesis of a marketplace of ideas.
Thomas Sowell
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Antithesis Translations

antithesis in French is antithese
antithesis in German is Widerspruch
antithesis in Swedish is motsats, antites
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