- 1the opposite of something Love is the antithesis of selfishness. Students finishing their education at 16 is the very antithesis of what society needs.
- 2a contrast between two things There is an antithesis between the needs of the state and the needs of the people.
NAmE//ænˈtɪθəsəs//[countable, uncountable] (pl. antitheses
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NAmE//ˌæntəˈθɛt̮ɪkl//adjective antithetical (to something) A culture of violence is antithetical to the church's traditional teachings.