antithetical /ˌantɪˈθɛtɪk(ə)l/


I. adjective

1. directly opposed or contrasted; mutually incompatible

people whose religious beliefs are antithetical to mine.
2. connected with, containing, or using the rhetorical device of antithesis.

when praising the government, Pyrocles invokes the familiar oxymoronic and antithetical mode.
II. derivatives

1. antithetic /antɪˈθɛtɪk /

2. antithetically /ˌantɪˈθɛtɪkli /

– origin late 16th cent. (in sense 2): from Greek antithetikos, from antithetos ‘placed in opposition’, from antitithenai ‘set against’.

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