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Sep 29, 2009
This week's theme
Words derived from hands and feet

This week's words
prestidigitation
antipodal
legerdemain
expediency
mortmain

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antipodal

PRONUNCIATION:
(an-TIP-uh-duhl)

MEANING:
adjective
1. Situated on the opposite side of the earth (or another body).
2. Diametrically opposite or completely opposite.

ETYMOLOGY:
Via Latin from Greek antipodes (literally, those having the feet opposite), plural of antipous, from anti- (opposite) + pous (foot). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ped- (foot) which gave us peccadillo (alluding to a stumble or fall), pedal, impeccable, podium, octopus, and impeach.

USAGE:
"Paris was the starting point and the antipodal points I had to pass through were Madrid and Wellington."
Brian McIver; Ukraine to USA: the World is Just Too Vast to Grasp at 13mph; Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland); May 16, 2009.

"The antipodal views between Stephan and Yanik regarding how to fight against their common enemy makes for the crux of the play. Stephan is headstrong and vocal while Yanik is soft-person, loving, and peaceful, although both fight against the oppression."
Justice in the Barrel; The Kathmandu Post (Nepal); Feb 2, 2009.

See more usage examples of antipodal in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
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