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an tit he sis

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an?tith?e?sis Audio pronunciation of "antithesis" ( P ) Pronunciation Key (n-tth-ss)
n. pl. an?tith?e?ses (-sz)

1. Direct contrast; opposition.
2. The direct or exact opposite: Hope is the antithesis of despair.
3.
1. A figure of speech in which sharply contrasting ideas are juxtaposed in a balanced or parallel phrase or grammatical structure, as in ?Hee for God only, shee for God in him? (John Milton).
2. The second and contrasting part of such a juxtaposition.
4. The second stage of the Hegelian dialectic process, representing the opposite of the thesis.


[Late Latin, from Greek, from antitithenai, antithe-, to oppose : anti-, anti- + tithenai, to set; see dh- in Indo-European Roots.]
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