contrary

[ kon-trer-ee; for 5 also kuhn-trair-ee ]
/ ˈkɒn trɛr i; for 5 also kənˈtrɛər i /

adjective

noun, plural con·trar·ies.

adverb

in opposition; oppositely; counter: to act contrary to one's own principles.

Idioms

Origin of contrary

1200–50; Middle English contrarie < Anglo-French < Latin contrārius. See contra1, -ary

Related forms

con·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

Synonym study

1. See opposite. 4. Contrary, adverse both describe something that opposes. Contrary conveys an idea of something impersonal and objective whose opposition happens to be unfavorable: contrary winds. Adverse suggests something more personally unfriendly or even hostile; it emphasizes the idea of the resulting misfortune to that which is opposed: The judge rendered a decision adverse to the defendant.
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British Dictionary definitions for contrarily (1 of 2)

contrarily


adverb

(kənˈtrɛərɪlɪ) in a perverse or obstinate manner
(ˈkɒntrərɪlɪ) on the other hand; from the opposite point of view
(ˈkɒntrərɪlɪ) in an opposite, adverse, or unexpected way

British Dictionary definitions for contrarily (2 of 2)

contrary

/ (ˈkɒntrərɪ) /

adjective

noun plural -ries

adverb (usually foll by to)

in an opposite or unexpected waycontrary to usual belief
in conflict (with) or contravention (of)contrary to nature

Derived Forms

contrariness, noun

Word Origin for contrary

C14: from Latin contrārius opposite, from contrā against
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Idioms and Phrases with contrarily

contrary


see on the contrary; to the contrary.

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