- against; in opposition or contrast to: Consider the problems of the teenager contra those of the adult.
- contrariwise; on or to the contrary.
Origin of contra1
- (often initial capital letter) a member of a counterrevolutionary guerrilla group in Nicaragua.
Origin of contra2
- a prefix meaning “against,” “opposite,” “opposing”: contradistinction, contraindicate.
Origin of contra-1
- a prefix meaning “pitched lower than” the voice or instrument specified by the following element: contralto, contrabassoon.
Origin of contra-2
Related Wordsantithesis, contrary, reversal, inverse, paradox, reverse, obverse, converse, contradiction, counterpart, foil, opposition, antipode, antonym, contrast, contra, about-face, back, underside, regression
Examples from the Web for contra
But contra William Faulkner, there are signs that the past is finally becoming past.It's Not Racist to Hate Government
May 5, 2014
The country had just emerged from a civil war and was in the midst of the rising Contra conflict of the early 1980s.Franck de las Mercedes Lost Everything in a Fire…Except His Faberge Egg
April 8, 2014
So now we're apparently back to saying, contra the Obama administration, that Iran's program is still progressing.Head of D.C. Pro-Israel Think Tank Misrepresents Geneva Deal
November 27, 2013
Not by Israeli forces, the UN now reports, contra previous stories from the WaPo and the BBC last November.Hamas, Not the IDF, Killed This Man's Child
March 11, 2013
Contra Ricardo, the share going to land is declining steadily and capital is capturing the gains.Don't Have Enough to Worry About? Here's One More Thing: Low Growth May be Here to Stay.
March 4, 2013
For in this, as every other step in life, there is a pro and contra.The Flag of Distress
He did not live long after the completion of the Contra Celsum.
Let us see whether there are any contra- dictions in the Bible.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 5 (of 12)
Robert G. Ingersoll
He showed himself a man of might, and insight too, in his Contra haereticos.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)
Henry Osborn Taylor
A comparison of the explanation of this passage in Contra Crescon.Writings in Connection with the Donatist Controversy
- against; contrary; opposing; contrastingcontraceptive; contradistinction
- (in music) pitched belowcontrabass
Word Origin and History for contra
mid-14c., from Latin contra (prep. and adv.) "against," originally "in comparison with," ablative singular feminine of *com-teros, from Old Latin com "with, together" (see com-) + -tr, zero degree of the comparative suffix -ter-.
1981, "anti-Sandinista Nicaraguan," short for Spanish contrarrevolucionario "counter-revolutionary."
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."
- Against; opposite; contrasting:contraindication.