Try Our Apps


WATCH "Lumbersexual"


against; contrary; opposing; contrasting: contraceptive, contradistinction
(in music) pitched below: contrabass
Word Origin
from Latin, from contrā against
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for contra-

word-forming element meaning "against, in opposition," from Latin adverb and preposition contra (see contra). The Latin word was used as a prefix in Late Latin. In French, it became contre- and passed into English as counter-. The Old English equivalent was wiðer (surviving in withers and widdershins), from wið "with, against."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
contra- in Medicine

contra- pref.
Against; opposite; contrasting: contraindication.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for contra

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for contra-