Contrary

  • 1 Contrary — Con tra*ry (? or ?; 48), a. [OE. contrarie, contraire, F. contraire, fr. L. contrarius, fr. contra. See {Contra }.] 1. Opposite; in an opposite direction; in opposition; adverse; as, contrary winds. [1913 Webster] And if ye walk contrary unto me …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 contrary — I adjective abnegative, adversative, adverse, adversus, answering, antagonistic to, antipathetic, antithetic, antithetical, at cross purposes, at issue, at variance, averse, captious, conflicting, confutative, confuting, contradicting,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 contrary — n antithesis, opposite, contradictory, antonym, antipode (see under OPPOSITE adj) Analogous words: *converse, reverse contrary adj 1 antithetical, *opposite, contradictory, antonymous, antipodal, antipodean Analogous words: divergent, disparate,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 4 contrary — [kän′trer΄ē; ] for adj.4, often [ kən trer′ē] adj. [ME contrarie < OFr contraire < L contrarius, opposite, opposed < contra, against] 1. opposed; in opposition [contrary to the rules] 2. opposite in nature, order, direction, etc.;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Contrary — may refer to: Contrary motion, in music theory Contrary Magazine, a literary journal founded at the University of Chicago Contrary (social role), in certain Amerindian cultures Contrary (comics), a character from Malibu Comics Ultraverse Little… …

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  • 6 contrary — 1. The position of the main stress has fluctuated over the centuries, and the OED notes that poets from Chaucer to Spenser and Shakespeare placed it on both the first and the second syllable according to need. In current English, the stress is… …

    Modern English usage

  • 7 Contrary — Con tra*ry, n.; pl. {Contraries}. 1. A thing that is of contrary or opposite qualities. [1913 Webster] No contraries hold more antipathy Than I and such a knave. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. An opponent; an enemy. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 3. the …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 contrary — mid 14c., from Anglo Fr. contrarie, from L. contrarius opposite, opposed, from contra against (see CONTRA (Cf. contra)). If we take the statement All men are mortal, its contrary is Not all men are mortal, its converse is All mortal beings are… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 contrary — ► ADJECTIVE 1) opposite in nature, direction, or meaning. 2) (of two or more statements, beliefs, etc.) opposed to one another. 3) perversely inclined to do the opposite of what is expected or desired. ► NOUN (the contrary) ▪ the opposite. ● …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 Contrary — Con tra*ry, v. t. [F. contrarier. See {Contrary}, a.] To contradict or oppose; to thwart. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I was advised not to contrary the king. Bp. Latimer. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 11 contrary to — what we had predicted, the lemon potatoes were very popular Syn: in conflict with, against, at variance with, at odds with, in opposition to, counter to, incompatible with …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 12 contrary — [adj] antagonistic; opposite adverse, anti, antipathetic, antipodal, antipodean, antithetical, balky, clashing, conflicting, contradictory, contrariant, contumacious, converse, counter, diametric, discordant, dissentient, dissident, froward,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 13 contrary — con|tra|ry1 [ˈkɔntrəri US ˈka:ntreri] n 1.) on the contrary/quite the contrary used to add to a negative statement, to disagree with a negative statement by someone else, or to answer no to a question ▪ It wasn t a good thing; on the contrary it… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 contrary — 01. [Contrary] to what some people in the office are saying, I have never had an affair with my secretary, and I never will. 02. [Contrary] to popular belief, drinking alcohol on a regular basis can actually be beneficial to your health. 03. His… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 15 contrary — contrarily /kon trer euh lee, keuhn trair /, adv. contrariness, n. /kon trer ee/; for 5 also /keuhn trair ee/, adj., n., pl. contraries, adv. adj. 1. opposite in nature or character; diametrically or mutually opposed: contrary to fact; contrary… …

    Universalium

  • 16 contrary — [[t]kɒ̱ntrəri, AM treri[/t]] 1) ADJ: usu v link ADJ to n Ideas, attitudes, or reactions that are contrary to each other are completely different from each other. This view is contrary to the aims of critical social research for a number of… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 contrary — 1 noun formal 1 on the contrary used for showing that you disagree completely with what has just been said: It wasn t a good thing; on the contrary it was a huge mistake. 2 to the contrary showing that the opposite is true: Unless there is… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 contrary — I adj. (cannot stand alone) contrary to (his actions are contrary to the rules) II n. 1) on, to the contrary (does your back feel any better? on the contrary, it feels much worse) 2) to the contrary (I will come next month unless you write to the …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 19 contrary — adjective 1. /ˈkɒntrəri / (say kontruhree) opposite in nature or character; diametrically opposed; mutually opposed: contrary to fact; contrary propositions. 2. /ˈkɒntrəri / (say kontruhree) opposite in direction or position. 3. /ˈkɒntrəri / (say …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 contrary — adj. VERBS ▪ be, run, seem ▪ These results run contrary to our expectations. ▪ It seems contrary to common sense. ADVERB ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary


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