Definition for AN-TI-PE-RIS'TA-SIS

AN-TI-PE-RIS'TA-SIS, n. [Gr. αντι, against, and περιστασις, a standing around.]

The opposition of a contrary quality, by which the quality opposed acquires strength; or the action by which a body attacked collects force by opposition; or the intension of the activity of one quality by the opposition of another. Thus quicklime is set on fire, or sensible heat is excited in it, by mixture with water; and cold applied to the human body may increase its heat. – Johnson. Dryden. Quincy.

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