[kuh n-trair-ee-uh s]


Chiefly Appalachian. perverse; refractory.
Archaic. adverse; unfavorable.

Origin of contrarious

1250–1300; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin contrārius contrary; see -ous
Related formscon·trar·i·ous·ly, adverbcon·trar·i·ous·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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adjective rare

(of people or animals) perverse or obstinate
(of conditions) unfavourable
Derived Formscontrariously, adverbcontrariousness, noun
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