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 contrariness
The young were thoughtless, they had the root of evil in them, they flew into frivolity from contrariness.The Manxman|Hall Caine
So great is the contrariness of the tides that even strong winds cannot be relied upon for their effects.A Floating Home|Cyril Ionides
The wind was completely taken out of his sails and every bit of the Ellis contrariness was roused.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908|Lucy Maud Montgomery
This is certainly another instance of the contrariness of Fate.My Strangest Case|Guy Boothby
He may at times laugh, and in the friendliest spirit tease his wife about her contrariness.Married Love|Marie Carmichael Stopes
British Dictionary definitions for contrariness
noun plural -ries
adverb (usually foll by to)
Derived Formscontrariness, noun
Word Origin for contrary
Idioms and Phrases with contrariness
see on the contrary; to the contrary.