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[kon-trer-ee-wahyz or for 3, kuh n-trair-] /ˈkɒn trɛr iˌwaɪz or for 3, kənˈtrɛər-/
in the opposite direction or way.
on the contrary; in direct opposition to a statement, attitude, etc.
Origin of contrariwise
First recorded in 1300-50, contrariwise is from the Middle English word contrary-wyse. See contrary, -wise Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • contrariwise, we read of the disagreement of saints when their monasteries were at feud with one another.

  • contrariwise, the flute was being played more and more slowly.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • If the hammer throws up white smoke, then the oven distils black smoke, and so contrariwise.

    Black Diamonds Mr Jkai
  • And contrariwise, Looke how much lesse: so much lesser shall they be.

    The Way To Geometry Peter Ramus
  • If the Christians had any success, the deduction might be made against the Moslems, but not contrariwise.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • contrariwise out of an higher Tower, one may measure a lesser.

    The Way To Geometry Peter Ramus
  • And some, contrariwise, darken their virtue in the show of it; so as they be undervalued in opinion.

    Essays Francis Bacon
  • As the sectour is unto the sectour, so is the angle unto the angle: And contrariwise.

    The Way To Geometry Peter Ramus
  • Here a tendency towards completion of the type cannot be alleged; for there is, contrariwise, divergence from the type.

  • And, contrariwise, there is tripe—“the stomach of the ox or of some other ruminant.”

    A Book of Burlesques H. L. Mencken
British Dictionary definitions for contrariwise


from a contrasting point of view; on the other hand
in the reverse way or direction
(kənˈtrɛərɪˌwaɪz). in a contrary manner
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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