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contrariety

[kon-truh-rahy-i-tee]
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noun, plural con·tra·ri·e·ties for 2.
  1. the quality or state of being contrary.
  2. something contrary or of opposite character; a contrary fact or statement.
  3. Logic. the relation between contraries.
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Origin of contrariety

1350–1400; Middle English contrariete (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin contrārietās. See contrary, -ity
Related formsnon·con·tra·ri·e·ty, noun, plural non·con·tra·ri·e·ties.
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Related Words

polaritycontradistinctionantithesiscontradictioncontrarinesscontrastcontraposition

Examples from the Web for contrariety

Historical Examples

  • The child puzzled him by her contrariety, yet she was not a troublesome child.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

  • The case is the same with contrariety, and with the degrees of any quality.

  • The cause of this contrariety lies not far beneath the surface.

    Not Paul, But Jesus

    Jeremy Bentham

  • This idea mingled emotions of a contrariety scarcely supportable. '

    Camilla

    Fanny Burney

  • On this subject, however, I believe there is no contrariety of opinion.


British Dictionary definitions for contrariety

contrariety

noun plural -ties
  1. opposition between one thing and another; disagreement
  2. an instance of such opposition; inconsistency; discrepancy
  3. logic the relationship between two contraries
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Word Origin and History for contrariety

n.

late 14c., from Old French contrarieté, from Late Latin contrarietatem (nominative contrarietas) "opposition," noun of quality from contrarius (see contrary).

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