I want to communicate that something is being the exact opposite, or the "antithesis" of something else.

For example:

The ice <antithesis verb> the fire

Words I've thought of that come close in meaning, but don't fit:

  • juxtaposes
  • inverts
  • contrasts
  • You could say "Ice is antithetical to fire" – Max Williams Nov 22 '17 at 10:49
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    The verb 'antithesise' is given in Wiktionary, but with the meaning 'create antitheses' not 'be antithetical to'. I'd avoid it totally. – Edwin Ashworth Nov 22 '17 at 10:51
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    Unfortunately this one sentence doesn't give us enough information about the sense of opposition. "Conflicts with" or "complements" might work in different senses, but without more context, we might have to go with a generic "opposes". – Spencer Nov 22 '17 at 11:00
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    Agreed, it's too context dependent. A more left field option might be ice balances fire. – JonLarby Nov 22 '17 at 11:07
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    1.Countervails 2.Nullifies – user206150 Nov 22 '17 at 12:02


to be contrary or opposed to; go against:

Fire contradicts ice.

Read more at http://www.yourdictionary.com/contradict

  • I like this better than "counteracts." Marking as accepted. Thank you – Jared Beach Nov 27 '17 at 15:42

"counteracts" comes to mind.

  • from MW - "neutralize the usually ill effects of by means of an opposite force, action, or influence"

Ice counteracts fire. Not always though. As Frost has stated figuratively, in his most popular poem, both fire and ice are great for destruction.

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    That's a good one. Might mark this as the accepted depending on what else is suggested. – Jared Beach Nov 22 '17 at 17:35

How about "The ice is antagonistic to the fire"?

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