Definition, Examples of Antitheses in Writing

Readers are less and less seen as mere non-writers, the subhuman “other” or flawed derivative of the author; the lack of a pen is no longer a shameful mark of secondary status but a positively enabling space, just as within every writer can be seen to lurk, as a repressed but contaminating antithesis, a reader.

An example of something that is antithetical is eating meat if you are a vegetarian.

Origin of antitheticalobsolete antithetic, opposite ( from Classical Greek antithetikos from antithenai: see antithesis) + -al


Definition, Examples of Antitheses in Writing

How dare we speak of the laws of chance? Is not chance the antithesis of all law?

So instead of writing, "What is learned unwillingly is forgottengladly,"you could write, "What is learned unwillingly is gladly forgotten."Similarly,the parallel sentence, "What is now great was at first little," couldbewritten chiastically as, "What is now great was little at first." Hereare some examples: