ANTITHESIS


QUESTION:
What do you mean by Antithesis?
ANSWER:
Antithesis is the setting of one thing against another. In this rhetorical figure, contrast of ideas are sharply and vividly expressed within a balanced grammatical structure.

For example:
[1] Give me liberty, or give me death.
[2] He can bribe, but he can't seduce; he can buy, but he can't gain; He can lie, but he can't deceive.
[3] A friend exaggerates a man's virtue, an enemy his crimes.
[4] A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.
[5] Worth makes the man, and want of it, the fellow;
The rest is all but leather or prunella. [Pope: An Essay On Criticism]


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