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au contraire

[oh kawn-trer] /oʊ kɔ̃ˈtrɛr/
on the contrary.
on the opposite or adverse side. Unabridged
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  • The Doctor was always "au contraire" no matter what was said and who said it.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • But, au contraire, the shadow of the room beyond had invitation now.

    The Drunkard

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • "au contraire, I feel as if I could never eat again," he said, desperately.

    Mlle. Fouchette Charles Theodore Murray
  • au contraire, as I find my dear uncle alive, it will be all the easier for him to show himself amiable towards me.

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
  • On demeure, au contraire, tonn que le courageux explorateur ait pu mettre dans de telles peintures autant de mouvement et de vrit.

  • Monsieur Lascelles had said nothing of disapproval until very recently; au contraire, he had much liked Mr. Waring.

    Waring's Peril Charles King
  • au contraire, il faut avoir toute l'effervescence de la jeunesse pour goter le charme des grandes cits italiennes.

British Dictionary definitions for au contraire

au contraire

/o kɔ̃trɛr/
on the contrary
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Contemporary definitions for au contraire

French for on the contrary


Au contraire! They are still together and very happy.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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