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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."
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antithesis

Philosophy the second stage in the Hegelian dialectic contradicting the thesis before resolution by the synthesis
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The second stage, for the appearance of opposite (antithesis), the antithesis should be also widely, deeply, carefully and repeatedly contacted, explored, analyzed, perfected and so on; this is the stage of general antitheses. It should be also noted that, here the antithesis will be evolved into two or three, even more antitheses step by step.
Moreover, the idea of continuum or circle does not exclude the idea of evolution, but can accommodate it by the resumption of the entire cycle on a superior level--which is to say that, with the emergence of new antitheses and syntheses, we shall discover that we are not moving in a circle, but in a spiral.
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.
This is revolutionary stuff, the antitheses of our cynical age addicted to ease and comfort.