1580s, from Greek antithetikos "setting in opposition," from antithetos "placed in resistance" (see antithetic) + -al (1). Associated: Antithetically.
sharply contrasted in character or function
- regarding antithesis, or opposition of terms and sentiments; containing, or for the nature of, antithesis; contrasted.
(a.) Pertaining to antithesis, or opposition of words and sentiments; containing, or of nature of, antithesis; compared.
In the freer atmosphere of Holland the exiles lose the antithetical attitude, with its narrowing and exaggerative tendency, and gain breadth and balance in the assertion of their distinctive testimony.