Definition of antipode in English:



  • The direct opposite of something.

    ‘the pole and its antipode’
    • ‘But it would be absurd to think of Sezer as a democratic antipode.’
    • ‘‘If ever the antipode of the Court Intellectual existed,’ Raimondo writes, ‘then surely his name was Murray Newton Rothbard.’’
    • ‘This is what museums do best, and it serves as not only a useful but also a necessary antipode to recent research.’
    • ‘Examples of religious art demonstrate that even when the specific theme of lactation is not present, the dead mother and child motif still triggers comparisons with its Christian antipode.’
    • ‘Still, his argument is the antipode to Rolston's theistic evolution.’
    • ‘His heavily muscled body was the antipode of the lithe, slim, Enocra.’
    • ‘Such a perfect, artificial cosmos of art is like an antipode to the life on the streets here, where everything is totally contradictory - where old and new, traditional and modern, poor and rich vehemently clash all day.’
    • ‘You may choose to look for an ideal match, a good match, a sex partner, a friend, a business partner, somebody to talk, or a complete antipode.’
    • ‘It was, notwithstanding the ultimately tragic fate of the Soviet Union, the historical antipode to capitalist barbarism, and the beacon for future generations.’
    • ‘The point is not that the local vanishes, or that it stands merely as an antipode of diversity to the homogenizing force of the global, but rather that popular music manifests how ‘fixity’ and ‘fluidity’ continually interact.’
    • ‘He portrays Wagner as the great antipode to himself, what he might have become if he had not had the strength to realize what dangers were involved in being a fully-fledged Romantic.’
    • ‘It's almost hard to imagine that Hypnotized (aka, Faceless Beauty) was helmed by the same person that gave us Road Movie, for this film is almost the antipode of the other.’
    • ‘What Bosch has added, characteristically, to this theme is the lurking presence behind the saint of a small, black demon, who occupies the right corner as the antipode to the eagle attribute of the saint.’
    • ‘Ellsworth says that the three of them make a good group, and that he is a replacement for his antipode in the threesome.’
    • ‘The form chosen for the Buddhist Stupa was that of a sphere - as much for the shape's metaphysical associations as for the fact that it was an antipode to the square/rectangular form of Hindu temples.’
    • ‘GN is not a remnant, rather an antipode of Ptolemaic astrology, an independent multifaceted system, nor digestible by Ptolemaic descendants even under most favorable conditions today.’
    • ‘Architecturally, DCA complex was an antipode of a typical 1970s Dundee structure.’
    • ‘His antipode in the Greek pantheon is Kairos, ‘the fortunate moment.’’
    • ‘Artistically he translated this into a bucolic rural utopia in the Shire, the antipode to modern industrialised society, where Frodo longs to return.’
    • ‘Small of hand as he was broad of mind, Schnabel was the antipode of the brilliant virtuoso who tosses off cascades of notes with unerring accuracy.’
    reverse, converse, antithesis, contrary, inverse, obverse, contradiction
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Early 17th century: back-formation from antipodes.