What does antithetical mean?

antithetical meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1580s, from Greek antithetikos "setting in opposition," from antithetos "placed in resistance" (see antithetic) + -al (1). Associated: Antithetically.

antithetical meaning in General Dictionary

sharply contrasted in character or function

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  • regarding antithesis, or opposition of terms and sentiments; containing, or for the nature of, antithesis; contrasted.

antithetical meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Pertaining to antithesis, or opposition of words and sentiments; containing, or of nature of, antithesis; compared.

Sentence Examples with the word antithetical

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.

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