I don't know a technical term for that.Originally Posted by husna
what techinical term would you give to two opposing ideas or words in a sentence e.g fearful and reassuring
Contrast is as close as I can come.
Antithesis?Originally Posted by husna
that is alliteration - when 2 opposite words are in the same sentence, e.g. 'As Hell's from Heaven'.Originally Posted by husna
That looks like it to me.Originally Posted by tdol
I have some examples of alliteration in some of my more recent rhymes. Go to: http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1579Originally Posted by Android
(Note that "more recent rhymes" is itself an example of alliteration.)
use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse
Whereas ‘Hell’ and ‘Heaven’ may be regarded as an example of alliteration*, antinomy and antonymy, ‘fearful’ and ‘reassuring’ are just ‘loosely contrasted words’.Originally Posted by Android
* alliteration (Latin: ad + littera = letter), called also head rhyme or initial rhyme, is a figure of speech.
‘contrast’, ‘counter-term’, ‘antithesis’, ‘antonym’, etc., are terms that express the relationship of oppositeness in meaning between words.
I wouldn’t use the term ‘antonym’ for these two words, because they are not in a relationship of ‘true’ antonymy, (the exact opposite of ‘fearful’ is ‘fearless’.) Although the relationship between ‘fearless’ and 'reassuring' is not directly contradictory, they belong to opposite categories. In this case, I would use ‘loosely contrasted words’.Originally Posted by husna