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plural noun

  • 1the AntipodesAustralia and New Zealand (used by inhabitants of the northern hemisphere)

    • ‘there were plants from the Antipodes, including eucalyptuses and acacias’
  • 2The direct opposite of something.

    • ‘voting and violence are antipodes’
    reverse, converse, antithesis, contrary, inverse, obverse, contradiction



/anˈtipədēz/ /ænˈtɪpədiz/


Late Middle English via French or late Latin from Greek antipodes ‘having the feet opposite’, from anti ‘against, opposite’ + pous, pod- ‘foot’. The term originally denoted the inhabitants of opposite sides of the earth.