polar opposite


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Opposite \Op"po*site\, n.
   1. One who opposes; an opponent; an antagonist. [Obs.]
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            The opposites of this day's strife.   --Shak.
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   2. That which is opposed or contrary in character or meaning;
      as, sweetness and its opposite; up is the opposite of
      down.
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            The virtuous man meets with more opposites and
            opponents than any other.             --Landor.
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   polar opposite that which is conspicuously different in
      most important respects.
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