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For a sentence along the lines of "There were celebrations and not-so-celebrations among the people." what would the correct term for a this phrase? I thought it may be a comparison or something along those lines but I am not sure.

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I think you might be looking for "antithesis".

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This answer, coincidentally, contains two things:

dichotomy:

Merriam-Webster:

    1. a division into two especially mutually exclusive or contradictory groups or entities
      • the dichotomy between theory and practice;
        also: the process or practice of making such a division
      • dichotomy of the population into two opposed classes
    2. something with seemingly contradictory qualities

Oxford English Dictionaries:

    A division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different.
    ‘a rigid dichotomy between science and mysticism’

American Heritage Dictionary:

    A division into two contrasting parts or categories: the dichotomy between rural and urban communities

Collins English Dictionary:

    If there is a dichotomy between two things, there is a very great difference or opposition between them.

juxtaposition:

Merriam-Webster:

    the act or an instance of placing two or more things side by side often to compare or contrast or to create an interesting effect
    • an unusual juxtaposition of colors;
      also: the state of being so placed
    • contrasting shapes placed in juxtaposition to each other

Oxford English Dictionaries:

    The fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect.
    ‘the juxtaposition of these two images’

American Heritage Dictionary:

    The act or an instance of juxtaposing or the state of being juxtaposed.

        juxtapose:
          To place side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.

Collins English Dictionary:

    The juxtaposition of two contrasting objects, images, or ideas is the fact that they are placed together or described together, so that the differences between them are emphasized.

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