Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Antithesis Relation


An antithesis relation is a contrast relation in which:

  • the contrasted propositions express events or states that are incompatible with each other, and
  • the speaker communicates positive regard (belief or preference) for one or the other.


How I use my thumbs is not the problem, but heredity is.

Rather than winning them with our arms, we’d win them by our example.
(Christian Science Monitor)