noun, plural con·trar·ies.
- in opposition to what has been stated.
- from another point of view: On the contrary, there may be some who would agree with you.
- to the opposite effect: I believe he is innocent, whatever they may say to the contrary.
- to a different effect.
Origin of contrary
SYNONYMS FOR contrary
Related formscon·trar·i·ly [kon-trer-uh-lee, kuhn-trair-] /ˈkɒn trɛr ə li, kənˈtrɛər-/, adverbcon·trar·i·ness, nounqua·si-con·trar·i·ly, adverbqua·si-con·trar·y, adjective
Examples from the Web for contraries
The title of the Donne poem is “Oh, to Vex Me, Contraries Meet as One.”Cynthia Nixon on Bisexuality & Her New Role in ‘Wit’|Kevin Sessums|January 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
For fearfulness seemeth in a manner contrary to boldness, and contraries can never co-exist.The Teaching of Epictetus|Epictetus
Contraria contrariis curantur—Contraries are cured by contraries.
Those who are to be unhappy, think & speak only of the contraries.Benjamin Franklin|Frank Luther Mott
And the nature of males and females, of heat and cold, and of such other pairs of contraries, was reversed.The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2|Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
We are always imitating England: the attraction of contraries, I suppose, because we are surrounded by land as they are by water.King John of Jingalo|Laurence Housman
British Dictionary definitions for contraries
noun plural -ries
adverb (usually foll by to)
Derived Formscontrariness, noun
Word Origin for contrary
Idioms and Phrases with contraries
see on the contrary; to the contrary.