The word antithesis is derived from the Greek word 'antitithenai', which means to oppose. Antithesis is a figure of speech which refers to the juxtaposition of opposing or contrasting ideas. It involves the bringing out of a contrast in the ideas by an obvious contrast in the words, clauses, or sentences, within a parallel grammatical structure. To be an antithesis, a sentence should have contradicting words positioned in a balanced way in a phrase or a clause. Antithesis examples can be commonly spotted in novels, poems and quotes.
Common examples of antithesis include quotes such as, 'Rude words bring about sadness, but kind words inspire joy,' or 'Many are called, but few are chosen.' In literature, antithesis can illustrate that two characters are opposites for example, the character of Snow White and the Wicked Witch from the novel 'Snow White' shows the opposite traits of them. Snow White - good, honest, innocent, kind, felicitous and selfless. The Wicked Witch - evil, jealous, bad, mean, cruel, and miserable. Antithesis is normally used to give out the exact opposite meaning of something. Opposites are not always for arguing or conflicting with each other; it is just the way you use to describe two different moods.
An Antithesis is a figure of speech in which irreconcilable opposites or strongly contrasting ideas are placed in sharp juxtaposition and sustained tension, as in the saying "Art is long, and Time is fleeting."
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