places diametrically opposite each other on the globe.
those who dwell there.
a group of islands SE of and belonging to New Zealand. 24 sq. mi. (62 sq. km).
a direct or exact opposite.
Historical Examples

Some would have it that a belief in antipodes was heretical.
The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders Ernest Scott

Indeed, Victoria is only another England, with a difference, at the antipodes.
A Boy’s Voyage Round the World The Son of Samuel Smiles

Stockholm is not at the antipodes, and the child is not going away forever.
The Waif of the “Cynthia” Andr Laurie and Jules Verne

But no one appears to have reflected that they must ultimately meet at the antipodes.
Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith

Thus in the antipodes above is what we call below, and below what we call above.
Fundamental Philosophy, Vol. I (of 2) Jaime Luciano Balmes

Was it not generally believed in former times, that there were no antipodes?
The Phantom World Augustin Calmet

To be sure, she had quite forgotten, at the moment, what the old Granny at Chorlton had said about the antipodes.
When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan

John Feversham, the nephew, was almost the antipodes of his uncle.
Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt

antipodes (αντιποδεσ) who dwell iust vnder vs theire feete opposite to ours.
A Briefe Introduction to Geography William Pemble

Mrs. Blake and I are at the antipodes as far as temperament and sympathy are concerned.
Lover or Friend Rosa Nouchette Carey

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
the exact or direct opposite

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.).

Two places on directly opposite sides of the Earth, such as the North Pole and the South Pole.
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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