antitheton antitheton
 an-tith'-e-ton from Gk. anti “against” and thesis
“a setting” or tithenai “to set, place”
compositum ex contrariis, contentio
the renconter, the quarreller

A proof or composition constructed of contraries.
  Antitheton is closely related to and sometimes confused with the figure of speech that juxtaposes opposing terms, antithesis. However, it is more properly considered a figure of thought (=Topic of Invention: Contraries).
  Flattery hath pleasant beginnings, but the same hath very bitter endings. — R. Sherry
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  Sources: Quintilian 9.3.81; Aquil. 22 ("antitheton," "compositum ex contrariis"); Isidore 1.36.21; Sherry (1550) 56 ("antitheton," "contentio," "contencion");

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