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From Ancient Greek ἀντίποδες (antipodes), plural of ἀντίπους (antipous), from ἀντί (anti, opposite) + πούς (pous, foot).


  • IPA(key): /ænˈtɪpəˌdiz/, /ˈæntɪi.pəʊdz/

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  • Pronunciation IPA(key): /ˈæntɪi.pəʊdz// is often considered incorrect.


antipodes (plural only)

  1. Any two places or regions that are on diametrically opposite sides of the earth
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 1/2, The Younger Set[1]:
      His sister, Mrs. Gerard, stood there in carriage gown and sables, radiant with surprise. “Phil ! You ! Exactly like you, Philip, to come strolling in from the antipodes—dear fellow !” recovering from the fraternal embrace and holding both lapels of his coat in her gloved hands.
  2. The Southern Hemisphere
  3. (UK, now rare) Australia and New Zealand
  4. (figuratively, by extension) The opposite of something

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