antithesis antithesis
 an-tith'-e-sis from Gk. anti “against” and thesis
“a setting” or tithenai “to set, place”
contentio, comparatio

Juxtaposition of contrasting words or ideas (often, although not always, in parallel structure).
  This is closely related to the Topic of Invention: Contraries, and is sometimes known as the similarly named figure of thought, antitheton.

"It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues." —Abraham Lincoln

"It can't be wrong if it feels so right" —Debbie Boone

Related Figures

Related Topics of Invention

  Sources: Ad Herennium 4.15.21 ("contentio"); Peacham (1577) K1r; Day 1599 92 ("antithesis," "contentio")

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