[kuh n-trair-ee-uh n]


a person who takes an opposing view, especially one who rejects the majority opinion, as in economic matters.

Origin of contrarian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for contrarian

antagonist, debater, adversary, opponent

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British Dictionary definitions for contrarian



  1. a contrary or obstinate person
  2. (as modifier)a contrarian investor; contrarian instincts
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Word Origin and History for contrarian

1963, from contrary + -ian.

To be in opposition is not to be a nihilist. And there is no decent or charted way of making a living at it. It is something you are, and not something you do. [Christopher Hitchens, "Letters to a Young Contrarian," 2001]
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