antithesis

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From Ancient Greek ἀντί (antí, against) + θέσις (thésis, position).

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Examples (rhetoric)

Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address (1863)
The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

Noun[edit]

antithesis (plural antitheses)

  1. A proposition that is the diametric opposite of some other proposition.
  2. (rhetoric) A device by which two contrasting ideas are juxtaposed in parallel form.

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