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[an-tip-uh-deez] /ænˈtɪp əˌdiz/
plural noun
places diametrically opposite each other on the globe.
those who dwell there.
Origin of antipodes
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek (hoi) antípodes literally, (those) with the feet opposite (plural of antípous), equivalent to anti- anti- + -podes, nominative plural of poûs foot
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[an-tip-uh-dee-uh n] /ænˌtɪp əˈdi ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • antipodean agriculturists meet in the great international concours of cattle, horses, sheep and swine.

  • Very pathetic, and marked by some distinctively antipodean traits, is the sister of the bushrangers in Robbery under Arms.

    Australian Writers Desmond Byrne
  • He is the antipodean agitator, and the acknowledged benefactor of his fellow colonists in their land of adoption.

    Fern Vale (Volume 3) Colin Munro
  • Whitman is certainly not an influence; there is not a trace of him anywhere; Whitman and Mr. Pound are antipodean to each other.

  • The few who had promised themselves an antipodean Yuletide in the frost—or slush—of merry England could not keep their words.

  • Then there are tree-hunters exploring all the continents, and bringing new species from Japan and other antipodean countries.

  • Artificial lakes are made for the cultivation of fish caught in antipodean streams.

  • An incident of our stay in Adelaide may serve to show the mental attitude of your average antipodean.

    Nat Goodwin's Book Nat C. Goodwin
  • The nature of the antipodean inversion of climates was clearly grasped by her contemporary, Herrade de Landsberg (Fig.5).

  • It is full of excellent imported trout, which flourish well in these antipodean waters and attain a weight of six or seven pounds.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
British Dictionary definitions for antipodean


plural noun
either or both of two points, places, or regions that are situated diametrically opposite to one another on the earth's surface, esp the country or region opposite one's own
the people who live there
(often capital) the antipodes, Australia and New Zealand
(sometimes functioning as sing) the exact or direct opposite
Derived Forms
antipodean (ænˌtɪpəˈdiːən) adjective, noun
Word Origin
C16: via Late Latin from Greek, plural of antipous having the feet opposite, from anti- + pous foot
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Word Origin and History for antipodean



late 14c., "persons who dwell on the opposite side of the globe;" 1540s as "place on the opposite side of the earth," from Latin antipodes "those who dwell on the opposite side of the earth," from Greek antipodes, plural of antipous "with feet opposite (ours)," from anti- "opposite" (see anti-) + pous "foot" (see foot (n.)); thus, people who live on the opposite side of the world.

Yonde in Ethiopia ben the Antipodes, men that haue theyr fete ayenst our fete. ["De Proprietatibus Rerum Bartholomeus Anglicus," translated by John of Trevisa, 1398]
Not to be confused with antiscii "those who live on the same meridian on opposite side of the equator," whose shadows fall at noon in the opposite direction, from Greek anti- + skia "shadow." Related: Antipodal (adj.); antipodean (1630s, n.; 1650s, adj.).

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antipodean in Science
Two places on directly opposite sides of the Earth, such as the North Pole and the South Pole.
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antipodean in Culture
antipodes [(an-tip-uh-deez)]

Two places on the globe that are exactly opposite each other; for example, the North Pole and South Pole.

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