antithesis

(redirected from antitheses)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal.
Related to antitheses: litotes

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
References in periodicals archive ?
3] Fu Yuhua, Quad general theses, general antitheses, universal relations, general syntheses in development--Expansion of Hegelian triad thesis, antithesis, synthesis, Matter Regularity, No.
Antitheses of fire and ice were endlessly elaborated and adapted by Petrarchan poets to describe the emotions of the lover, who simultaneously and sequentially experiences desire for his beloved together with shame, because his desire is carnal in nature and he considers himself unworthy of her.
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.