Figures of Speech - Antithesis

What is antithesis?

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.


These are examples of antithesis:

  • "Man proposes, God disposes." - Source unknown.
  • "Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing." - Goethe.
  • "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." - Neil Armstrong.
  • "To err is human; to forgive divine." - Alexander Pope.
  • "Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice." - William Shakespeare.
  • "Many are called, but few are chosen." Matthew 22:14.

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