Chiefly Appalachian. perverse; refractory.
Archaic. adverse; unfavorable.
- con·trar·i·ous·ly, adverb
- con·trar·i·ous·ness, noun
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How to use contrarious in a sentence
And what greater absurditie can there bee, then to say that one cure shall serue for diuers, nay, contrarious sortes of diseases?A Counter-Blaste to Tobacco | King James I.
It was the son who sang the ‘Death of Nelson’ under such contrarious circumstances.Essays of Travel | Robert Louis Stevenson
It was just bitterly disappointing and contrarious that the one person he wished to see was a Commodore Graham.The Summons | A.E.W. Mason
But before he could set to work there came more "contrarious" orders.History of the United Netherlands, 1584-86, Vol. I. (of IV) Complete | John Lothrop Motley
They will be drowned going overland, after the contrarious way of the world.Up the Country | Emily Eden
British Dictionary definitions for contrarious
(of people or animals) perverse or obstinate
(of conditions) unfavourable
- contrariously, adverb
- contrariousness, noun
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