Definition of counterpose in English:



  • Set against or in opposition to.

    ‘his book counterposes the darkness of formal religion to the inner light of personal spirituality’
    • ‘The notion of the many growing out of the one is counterposed in mythology by the idea of two opposing principles of existence, the struggles and foment of which provide the seeds of creation.’
    • ‘By counterposing the ‘virtual’ world to the ‘real’ world, Dreyfus falls into the same dualism as the Platonic and Cartesian traditions he derides.’
    • ‘Historians have often counterposed their work, presenting Matisse as a maker of luxuriously coloured, harmonious images, and Picasso as the more conceptual painter, who emphasized form over colour and anguish over serenity.’
    • ‘To this tradition, he counterposes an alternative way of understanding the past - as that which we can ‘feel behind us as an incontestable acquisition’.’
    • ‘My investigation counterposes two modes of narrative vision suggested by fictive looks at death: reflective and refractive.’
    • ‘It counterposes the countryside to the city, and its rhetoric runs along clearly reactionary lines.’
    • ‘In opposition to globalization, these groups counterpose an idealized notion of an earlier period of American capitalism when the national market and national state played a more dominant role in economic life.’
    • ‘He counterposed freedom to the slippery ideal of democracy.’
    • ‘They counterpose their views with the views of many modern scientists - who dissect nature in an attempt to isolate and understand its workings.’
    • ‘The first would be some variant of Marxist theory which counterposes a notion of ‘real’ interests to a notion of ideology.’
    • ‘The Alliance platform venerates the traditional bourgeois family, proclaiming it ‘the most basic building of society’ and counterposing it to so-called ‘big government.’’
    • ‘But it is too simplistic to counterpose the idea of Mozart as a product of the Enlightenment to the idea of the composer as a born genius.’
    • ‘Poetic anti-discourse is dependent on the fragmentation of capitalism, modernity, and individualism, to which it counterposes social cohesion.’
    • ‘One of the recurring themes in your work is that you counterpose the concept of property and property rights with the realization of a society based on human rights.’
    • ‘Another key is cultivating a political outlook that does not counterpose solidarity and diversity so that more of one means less of the other.’
    • ‘The European Union is facing very high unemployment, and two antagonistic social logics are counterposed to each other.’
    • ‘But never do they probe the reasons for this phenomenon, merely counterposing the ‘bad ‘- finance capital and speculation - to the ‘good ‘- productive capital.’’
    • ‘By counterposing the countryside to the city in this manner, the ‘uncivilized’ nature of the former is again contrasted with the ‘civilized’ nature of the latter.’
    • ‘The novelty of this book is that it counterposes sociobiology to developmental biology rather than its traditional foe, anti-biological approaches to human sociality.’
    • ‘He counterposes images with voice-over narration in perplexing ways, as in Diary of a Country Priest.’