Antistasis (an-ti’-sta-sis): The repetition of a word in a contrary sense. Often, simply synonymous with antanaclasis.

You should be sorry for being such a sorry example of parenting. Some people shine at parenting, you can’t even shine your grubby-looking shoes.

Don’t you think you embarrass our children? Ned does not to be seen in public with you. Nel wants to divorce us. I don’t know if it’s legal, but she says she’s going to try.

Put down the beer. Take a shower. Brush your teeth. Put on some deodorant. Comb your hair. Change your underwear. Try shaving for God’s sake!

Bottom line: change your act or my next act will be starting proceedings toward a divorce.

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (

One response to “Antistasis

  1. I thought we were just playing, but it seems you have been playing me for quite some time.

    The angry man bawled his wife out till she finally retreated to her room and to bawl her eyes out.

    I was taking a course in geometry, but I dropped it because my teacher was always drifting off course.

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