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From Latin, from Ancient Greek ἀντίποδες ‎(antípodes), from ἀντί ‎(antí, opposite) + πόδες ‎(pódes), plural of πούς ‎(poús, foot).


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

Usage notes[edit]

  • Pronunciation IPA(key): /ˈæntɪi.pəʊdz/ is often considered incorrect[reference needed].


antipodes ‎(uncountable)

  1. The place on the diametrically opposite side of the earth from a given point.
  2. The Southern Hemisphere.
    • 1907, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, “chapter I”, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 4241346:
      [] a delighted shout from the children swung him toward the door again. 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.
  3. (Britain, now rare) Australia and New Zealand.
  4. (figuratively, by extension) The opposite of something.
  5. plural of antipode

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antipodes m pl

  1. plural of antipode