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[dahy-uh-me-tri-kuh l] /ˌdaɪ əˈmɛ trɪ kəl/
of, relating to, or along a diameter.
in direct opposition; being at opposite extremes; complete:
diametrical opposites; a diametrical difference.
Also, diametric.
Origin of diametrical
1545-55; < Greek diametrik(ós) (diámetr(os) diameter + -ikos -ic) + -al1
Related forms
diametrically, adverb
undiametric, adjective
undiametrical, adjective
undiametrically, adverb Unabridged
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  • Consider how the same word is used in nearly diametrically-opposed senses by the different ends of the political spectrum.
  • It would be difficult to find an officer more diametrically opposed to the popular conception of a detective.
  • It is diametrically opposed to decency, intelligence, and fairness.
  • But this time the two markets appear to have been rising for diametrically opposed reasons.
  • Being able to hold diametrically opposed views simultaneously is either a sign of genius or insanity.
  • Some might argue that the terms are diametrically opposed.
  • The qualities it takes to start a business are pretty much diametrically opposite of those needed to get tenure.
  • We have diametrically opposite views on the causes of the war.
  • The theories are diametrically opposed and cannot coexist.
  • The problem is that when it comes to digital media, their interests are diametrically opposed.
British Dictionary definitions for diametrically


completely; utterly (esp in the phrase diametrically opposed)
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Word Origin and History for diametrically

1630s, "completely" (opposed, contrary, etc.); see diametric. Mostly in figurative use; the two points that mark the ends of a line of diameter across a circle are opposite one another.

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