Definition of antipodes in English:


plural noun

  • 1Australia and New Zealand (used by inhabitants of the northern hemisphere)

    • ‘Perhaps the achievement for which Captain Cook, the eighteenth century British seafarer, is best remembered is his role as an explorer, ranging from the far north Canadian coast to the distant reaches of the Antipodes.’
    • ‘Andy and Kevin set off for a two-month trip to the Antipodes on Thursday, and the first of Andy's characteristically opaque text messages arrived soon afterwards.’
    • ‘Jewish endorsements have flooded in from Iceland to India, from the Arctic to the Antipodes.’
    • ‘One final thing that took the gloss off the evening was the fact that we were charged $10 per bottle of 1 litre Antipodes mineral water - an outrageous cost that was not brought to the attention of the table when we asked for water.’
    • ‘I have to say that I agree with him and don't think this is just the bias of a Brit in the Antipodes.’
    • ‘This naturally entails a missionary element, bringing new revelations to the benighted souls in the art-complacent Antipodes.’
    • ‘Such a shame, too, that her triumphs were being closely monitored by sceptical officials from the Antipodes who know where a Sheila should be sporting curves and why.’
    • ‘Laney arrived from the Antipodes with the reputation of a player who, when he was good, was very, very good; but when he was bad, he was awful.’
    • ‘When my wife was organising a reunion for her Barts nursing trainees of 20 years ago, she found a quarter of them were living abroad, nearly all in the Antipodes or North America.’
    • ‘The former Lakes School pupil, who trained as a landscape gardener, decided on his return from the Antipodes that it was time for a career change.’
    • ‘I thought they were from the, then undiscovered, Antipodes.’
    • ‘The alternative, in the early months of next season, was the European Tour's tiring hike through Africa, Asia and the Antipodes.’
    • ‘Anyway, he adds, he has a New Zealand passport as well as a British one, and two of his children live in the Antipodes, so I mustn't make assumptions about patriotism.’
    • ‘Sometimes, at night I think of the whole world below me; I travel in my mind through the bed and the floor and our sitting room, under the house through the Earth until I emerge in the ocean at the Antipodes.’
    • ‘Proud Ilkley ex-pats living in the Antipodes could drive off with a unique personalised car registration plate.’
    • ‘Some of the best directors in the world come from the Antipodes, with New Zealand making a huge parallel contribution with artists like Jane Campion and Peter Jackson.’
    • ‘The Birds of Australia, which is in the stately home's library together with Gould's The Birds of Europe and The Birds of the Himalayas, is one of the earliest attempts to describe the flora and fauna of the Antipodes.’
    • ‘The author traces in a wealth of detail two centuries of English immigration into Australia: the geographic origins of the main immigration streams, their reasons for leaving England and how it all played out in the Antipodes.’
    • ‘Geographically the very notion of the Antipodes has long been obsolete, since of course the continents above the equator don't need a counter-weight below to keep the globe from toppling sideways into deep space.’
    • ‘Well as a final question: the two games this weekend that are of particular interest to us down here in the Antipodes, England and Australia, and Ireland and New Zealand.’
    1. 1.1The direct opposite of something.
      ‘we are the very antipodes of labor unions’
      • ‘Crisis and redemption, the two (inextricably linked) antipodes of Martin's heroic rhetoric, constitute the classic parameters of salvational ideology and charismatic power.’
      • ‘Strictly speaking, the words ‘choice’, ‘chance’ and ‘destiny’ are antipodes of each other.’
      • ‘They use the antagonism between the antipodes; the contrast of white and brown; and the polarity of night and day as a means of exploring issues of cultural imperialism and its legacy.’
      • ‘Just before I went to sleep the other night, I became aware of everything directly beneath me and this led me to wondering what the exact antipodes of my location looked like.’
      • ‘‘Some apparently interesting places in Sumner, such as Shag Rock, have their antipodes just offshore in Spain while a nice little plaza in Foz is situated opposite a private home in your place,’ he said.’


Late Middle English: via French or late Latin from Greek antipodes having the feet opposite from anti against, opposite + pous, pod- foot The term originally denoted the inhabitants of opposite sides of the earth, or of the side opposite to oneself, and was later transferred to the places where they live (mid 16th century).