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 contrarily
Again, I say, exact testimonies; in reference unto circumstantial relations so diversly or contrarily delivered.The Works of Sir Thomas Browne (Volume 2 of 3)|Thomas Browne
Then contrarily he did with the right hand what he had done with the left, and with the left what he had done with the right.Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.|Francois Rabelais
Contrarily, despondency, or a lethargic state of mind, causes the movement of the blood to slacken.The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne|Frank Preston Stearns
It did seem hard that things should go so very "contrarily" sometimes.Little Miss Peggy|Mrs. Molesworth
And contrarily it was the same familiarity which limned his faults so clearly and perhaps exaggerated them.The Penalty|Gouverneur Morris
British Dictionary definitions for contrarily (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for contrarily (2 of 2)
noun plural -ries
adverb (usually foll by to)
Derived Formscontrariness, noun
Word Origin for contrary
Idioms and Phrases with contrarily
see on the contrary; to the contrary.