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Poetry Definition

Figure of speech where contrasting words or ideas are placed in close proximity e.g. 'Hee for God only, shee for God in him' from Milton's Paradise Lost.


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Standard Definition

[n] the juxtaposition of contrasting words or ideas to give a feeling of balance
[n] exact opposite; "his theory is the antithesis of mine"

Misc. Definitions

\An*tith"e*sis\, n.; pl. {Antitheses}. [L., fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to set against, to oppose; ? against + ? to set. See {Thesis}.]
1. (Rhet.) 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.