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
Examples from the Web for contrary
Contrary to the popular narrative, TNR did not “die” last week.The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple|James Kirchick|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Contrary to what you may assume about me, I actually enjoy the occasional trip to the mall.
Contrary to the conventional wisdom, there is nothing intrinsically “progressive” about hating suburbs.
On the contrary, if the Court now decides to hear this case on the merits, it might be a fast-track.
To the contrary, she said, she did not necessarily believe that collective bargaining needed to be reformed.Meet Gina Raimondo, the Only Democratic Star of 2014|David Freedlander|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On the contrary, I am speeding them forward with added watchfulness.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898|E. H. Blair
On the contrary, His Imperial Majesty appeals to their sentiments of justice, and to the consciousness of their own dignity.The British Expedition to the Crimea|William Howard Russell
On the contrary, it is almost directly favourable, but the question is whether they would venture out at all in such a storm.A Canadian Heroine, Volume 2|Mrs. Harry Coghill
This is true; vital statistics and fiction to the contrary, notwithstanding.The Sheriff of Badger|George B. Pattullo
Faith indeed tells what the senses do not tell, but not the contrary of what they see.Pascal's Penses|Blaise Pascal
British Dictionary definitions for contrary
noun plural -ries
adverb (usually foll by to)
Word Origin for contrary
Word Origin and History for contrary
mid-14c., from Anglo-French contrarie, from Latin contrarius "opposite, opposed," from contra "against" (see contra).
If we take the statement All men are mortal, its contrary is Not all men are mortal, its converse is All mortal beings are men, & its opposite is No men are mortal. The contrary, however, does not exclude the opposite, but includes it as its most extreme form. Thus This is white has only one opposite, This is black, but many contraries, as This is not white, This is coloured, This is dirty, This is black; & whether the last form is called the contrary, or more emphatically the opposite, is usually indifferent. But to apply the opposite to a mere contrary (e.g. to I did not hit him in relation to I hit him, which has no opposite), or to the converse (e.g. to He hit me in relation to I hit him, to which it is neither contrary nor opposite), is a looseness that may easily result in misunderstanding; the temptation to go wrong is intelligible when it is remembered that with certain types of sentence (A exceeds B) the converse & the opposite are identical (B exceeds A). [Fowler]
As a noun from late 13c. Related: Contrarily; contrariwise.
Idioms and Phrases with contrary
see on the contrary; to the contrary.