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
Antonyms for contrary
Related Words for contrarilyadversely, critically, separately, individually, variously, negatively, differently, opposite, diversely, about-face, again, contrary, reversed, backwards, contra, contrariwise, conversely, inversely, oppositely, conflictingly
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Historical Examples of contrarily
Contrarily, it was the ideal, the only, wine for seductions.Cytherea
It did seem hard that things should go so very "contrarily" sometimes.Little Miss Peggy
Is there anything you dislike in me that you act so contrarily to my wishes?Return of the Native
Or contrarily the longest Day being knowne to know the latitude.A Briefe Introduction to Geography
The bulls, contrarily, persist in behaving as if they had inside information of a superior value.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
noun plural -ries
adverb (usually foll by to)
Word Origin for contrary
mid-14c., from Anglo-French contrarie, from Latin contrarius "opposite, opposed," from contra "against" (see contra).
If we take the statement All men are mortal, its contrary is Not all men are mortal, its converse is All mortal beings are men, & its opposite is No men are mortal. The contrary, however, does not exclude the opposite, but includes it as its most extreme form. Thus This is white has only one opposite, This is black, but many contraries, as This is not white, This is coloured, This is dirty, This is black; & whether the last form is called the contrary, or more emphatically the opposite, is usually indifferent. But to apply the opposite to a mere contrary (e.g. to I did not hit him in relation to I hit him, which has no opposite), or to the converse (e.g. to He hit me in relation to I hit him, to which it is neither contrary nor opposite), is a looseness that may easily result in misunderstanding; the temptation to go wrong is intelligible when it is remembered that with certain types of sentence (A exceeds B) the converse & the opposite are identical (B exceeds A). [Fowler]
As a noun from late 13c. Related: Contrarily; contrariwise.
see on the contrary; to the contrary.