lit. against the world; defying or against everyone
Athanasius contra mundum (L.), Athanasius against the world: one resolute man facing universal opposition.
We forget that Athanasius contra mundum implies also Athanasius contra ecclesiam.
The War, physically as well as morally, is now Germania contra mundum.
If I could have had half a dozen the choice would have been hard; but when it is Wordsworth contra mundum, I have no doubt.
However, a Housemaster contra mundum, and a Housemaster in his own House, are very different beings.
He considered himself an American Democrat; in fact a contra mundum Democrat, for good or for ill.