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contrary

[ kon-trer-ee; for 5 also kuhn-trair-ee ]
/ ˈkɒn trɛr i; for 5 also kənˈtrɛər i /
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adjective
noun, plural con·trar·ies.
adverb
in opposition; oppositely; counter: to act contrary to one's own principles.
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Idioms about contrary

Origin of contrary

1200–50; Middle English contrarie<Anglo-French <Latin contrārius.See contra1, -ary

synonym study for contrary

1. See opposite. 4. Contrary, adverse both describe something that opposes. Contrary conveys an idea of something impersonal and objective whose opposition happens to be unfavorable: contrary winds. Adverse suggests something more personally unfriendly or even hostile; it emphasizes the idea of the resulting misfortune to that which is opposed: The judge rendered a decision adverse to the defendant.

OTHER WORDS FROM contrary

con·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
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British Dictionary definitions for contrary

contrary
/ (ˈkɒntrərɪ) /

adjective
noun plural -ries
adverb (usually foll by to)
in an opposite or unexpected waycontrary to usual belief
in conflict (with) or contravention (of)contrary to nature

Derived forms of contrary

contrariness, noun

Word Origin for contrary

C14: from Latin contrārius opposite, from contrā against
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Other Idioms and Phrases with contrary

contrary

see on the contrary; to the contrary.

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