One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Used to emphasize how completely different two or more things are.‘he's the diametrical opposite of Gabriel’
direct, absolute, complete, exact, extremeView synonyms
- ‘Lester Bangs and Ian MacDonald have more than that in common, although in many ways they were diametrical opposites.’
- ‘He considers that the American students are getting not a liberal education but, ‘its diametrical opposite, an education in closed-mindedness and intolerance.’’
- ‘In practice, the German Greens - who appear to be the main authors of this document - have been acting in diametrical opposition to these proclaimed aims.’
- ‘On the contrary it is in diametrical opposition to it.’
- ‘From the outset the SEP has made clear that it stands in diametrical opposition to the two bourgeois parties and all their apologists.’
- ‘We can identify our vision simply as the diametrical opposite to the neo-conservative fantasies animating this country's foreign policy today.’
- ‘I still regard myself as an environmentalist but I often find myself in almost diametrical disagreement with most of those who professionally use that title.’
- ‘But what passes for secularism in India is often the diametrical opposite of what goes by the same name in the West.’
- ‘The contrast to Washington's current political climate is as diametrical as the opposite seasons of the two countries.’
- ‘And if you run down the programs of the Greens and the Nazis point by point, you find similar kinds of diametrical opposites.’
- ‘The ‘modern West’ and ‘medieval Islam’ are supposed to stand in natural and diametrical opposition to each other’
- ‘Future film attempts to portray Arabs objectively must challenge the stereotypes of an Arab persona that is diametrical to accepted values.’
- ‘‘The only way you can write something that survives is that someone who's your diametrical opposite can agree with it,’ says Jimmy Wales, a founder of Wikipedia.’
2Of or along a diameter.
- ‘The signification of the 7th house for opponents and ‘opposite numbers’ - both in love and war - can to some extent be explained by its diametrical aspect to the ascendant.’
- ‘Machine operators achieve sub-micron tolerances on cylindricity, which is then match-fit to similar diametrical tolerances.’
- ‘The rum-shop and grocery that stood on the diametrical axis, across Old St Joseph Road from our front-bedroom, was frequently robbed.’
- ‘Other available test methods include axial compression (UCS based) and indirect diametrical tensile testing, which is preferred by Austab.’
- ‘Where direct determination is to be performed, a variety of test methods (including repeated load triaxial, indirect diametrical tensile and unconfined compression) are available.’
Mid 16th century (in diametrical (sense 2)): from Greek diametrikos (from diametros ‘measuring across’: see diameter)+ -al.
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