Definition of antipode in US English:



  • The direct opposite of something else.

    ‘the pole and its antipode’
    • ‘His antipode in the Greek pantheon is Kairos, ‘the fortunate moment.’’
    • ‘Still, his argument is the antipode to Rolston's theistic evolution.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Artistically he translated this into a bucolic rural utopia in the Shire, the antipode to modern industrialised society, where Frodo longs to return.’
    • ‘‘If ever the antipode of the Court Intellectual existed,’ Raimondo writes, ‘then surely his name was Murray Newton Rothbard.’’
    • ‘His heavily muscled body was the antipode of the lithe, slim, Enocra.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was, notwithstanding the ultimately tragic fate of the Soviet Union, the historical antipode to capitalist barbarism, and the beacon for future generations.’
    • ‘This is what museums do best, and it serves as not only a useful but also a necessary antipode to recent research.’
    • ‘But it would be absurd to think of Sezer as a democratic antipode.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Architecturally, DCA complex was an antipode of a typical 1970s Dundee structure.’
    • ‘Ellsworth says that the three of them make a good group, and that he is a replacement for his antipode in the threesome.’
    reverse, converse, antithesis, contrary, inverse, obverse, contradiction
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Early 17th century: back-formation from antipodes.