Antithesis (plural-theses), a contrast or opposition, either rhetorical or philosophical. In rhetoric, any disposition of words that serves to emphasize a contrast or opposition of ideas, usually by the balancing of connected clauses with parallel grammatical constructions. In Milton's Paradise Lost (1667), the characteristics of Adam and Eve are contrasted by antithesis:
For contemplation he and valour formed,
For softness she and sweet attractive grace;
He for God only, she for God in him.