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antithesis

(ăntĭth`ĭsĭs), a figure of speech involving a seeming contradiction of ideas, words, clauses, or sentences within a balanced grammatical structure. Parallelism of expression serves to emphasize opposition of ideas. The familiar phrase "Man proposes, God disposes" is an example of antithesis, as is John Dryden's description in "The Hind and the Panther": "Too black for heaven, and yet too white for hell."

antithesis

Philosophy the second stage in the Hegelian dialectic contradicting the thesis before resolution by the synthesis
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Yet many secondary aspects of his own analyses and interpretations clearly suggest that an over-reliance on such conventional historiographic antitheses often represents more a barrier than a gateway to understanding.
This is revolutionary stuff, the antitheses of our cynical age addicted to ease and comfort.
Karlsson does draw the interesting conclusion that Marguerite's antitheses usually offer a c learly positive and negative pole, so that her work is in that sense less balanced or open-ended than some scholars have suggested.