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contra

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[ kon-truh ]
/ ˈkɒn trə /
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Definition of contra

preposition
against; in opposition or contrast to: Consider the problems of the teenager contra those of the adult.
adverb
contrariwise; on or to the contrary.
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Origin of contra

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1350–1400; Middle English <Latin contrā

Other definitions for contra (2 of 4)

contra2
[ 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 contra

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First recorded in 1980–85; from Central American Spanish, shortening of contrarrevolucionario “counterrevolutionary”

Other definitions for contra (3 of 4)

contra-1

a prefix meaning “against,” “opposite,” “opposing”: contradistinction, contraindicate.

Origin of contra-

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<Late Latin, Latin, prefixal use of adverb and preposition contrā

Other definitions for contra (4 of 4)

contra-2

a prefix meaning “pitched lower than” the voice or instrument specified by the following element: contralto, contrabassoon.

Origin of contra-

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<Italian <Latin; see contra-1, counterpoint
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British Dictionary definitions for contra

contra-

prefix
against; contrary; opposing; contrastingcontraceptive; contradistinction
(in music) pitched belowcontrabass

Word Origin for contra-

from Latin, from contrā against
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