- the quality or state of being contrary.
- something contrary or of opposite character; a contrary fact or statement.
- Logic. the relation between contraries.
Origin of contrariety
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Examples from the Web for contrariety
The child puzzled him by her contrariety, yet she was not a troublesome child.A Little Girl in Old Salem
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The case is the same with contrariety, and with the degrees of any quality.A Treatise of Human Nature
The cause of this contrariety lies not far beneath the surface.Not Paul, But Jesus
This idea mingled emotions of a contrariety scarcely supportable. 'Camilla
On this subject, however, I believe there is no contrariety of opinion.
- opposition between one thing and another; disagreement
- an instance of such opposition; inconsistency; discrepancy
- logic the relationship between two contraries
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Word Origin and History for contrariety
late 14c., from Old French contrarieté, from Late Latin contrarietatem (nominative contrarietas) "opposition," noun of quality from contrarius (see contrary).
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