[ kon-truh-rahy-i-tee ]
/ ˌkɒn trəˈraɪ ɪ ti /

noun, plural con·tra·ri·e·ties for 2.

the quality or state of being contrary.
something contrary or of opposite character; a contrary fact or statement.
Logic. the relation between contraries.

Origin of contrariety

1350–1400; Middle English contrariete (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin contrārietās. See contrary, -ity

Related forms

non·con·tra·ri·e·ty, noun, plural non·con·tra·ri·e·ties. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for contrariety


/ (ˌkɒntrəˈraɪətɪ) /

noun plural -ties

opposition between one thing and another; disagreement
an instance of such opposition; inconsistency; discrepancy
logic the relationship between two contraries
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