[ kon-truh ]
/ ˈkɒn trə /
against; in opposition or contrast to: Consider the problems of the teenager contra those of the adult.
contrariwise; on or to the contrary.
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Origin of contra1
1350–1400; Middle English <Latin contrā
Definition for contra (2 of 4)
[ kon-truh; Spanish kawn-trah ]
/ ˈkɒn trə; Spanish ˈkɔn trɑ /
noun, plural con·tras [kon-truhz; Spanish kawn-trahs]. /ˈkɒn trəz; Spanish ˈkɔn trɑs/.
(often initial capital letter) a member of a counterrevolutionary guerrilla group in Nicaragua.
Origin of contra2
<American Spanish, shortening of contrarrevolucionariocounterrevolutionary
Definition for contra (3 of 4)
a prefix meaning “against,” “opposite,” “opposing”: contradistinction, contraindicate.
Origin of contra-1
<Late Latin, Latin, prefixal use of adverb and preposition contrā
Definition for contra (4 of 4)
a prefix meaning “pitched lower than” the voice or instrument specified by the following element: contralto, contrabassoon.
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British Dictionary definitions for contra
against; contrary; opposing; contrastingcontraceptive; contradistinction
(in music) pitched belowcontrabass
Word Origin for contra-
from Latin, from contrā against
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Medical definitions for contra
Against; opposite; contrasting:contraindication.
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