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antithesisnoun [C]

uk   /ænˈtɪθ.ə.sɪs/  us   /ænˈtɪθ.ə.sɪs/ (plural antitheses uk   /-siːz/ us   )
the ​exactopposite: She is ​slim and ​shy - the very antithesis of her ​sister. He is the ​exact antithesis of what I ​findattractive in men.
a ​contrast between two things: Thanks to the ​collapse of ​communism the ​political antithesis between Left and Right is less ​important.
antithetical
adjective uk   /ˌæn.tɪˈθet.ɪ.kəl/  us   /ˌæn.t̬əˈθet̬.ɪ.kəl/ (also antithetic ) formal
antithetical ​views
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antithesisnoun [C/U]

 us   /ænˈtɪθ·ə·sɪs/ (plural antitheses  /ænˈtɪθ·əˌsiz/ )
the ​exactopposite, or ​opposition: [C] The ​relaxedcompanymanagement is the antithesis of a ​formalbureaucracy.
literature In ​formalargument, the antithesis is the ​opposite of the ​thesis (= the ​mainidea).
(Definition of antithesis from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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