[ kon-truh ]
/ ˈkɒn trə /
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against; in opposition or contrast to: Consider the problems of the teenager contra those of the adult.
contrariwise; on or to the contrary.
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Question 1 of 7
In the UK, COTTON CANDY is more commonly known as…
Origin of contra1
1350–1400; Middle English <Latin contrā
Other definitions for contra (2 of 4)
[ kon-truh; Spanish kawn-trah ]
/ ˈkɒn trə; Spanish ˈkɔn trɑ /
noun, plural con·tras [kon-truhz; Spanish kawn-trahs]. /ˈkɒn trəz; Spanish ˈkɔn trɑs/.
(often initial capital letter) a member of a counterrevolutionary guerrilla group in Nicaragua.
Origin of contra2
First recorded in 1980–85; from Central American Spanish, shortening of contrarrevolucionario “counterrevolutionary”
Other definitions for contra (3 of 4)
a prefix meaning “against,” “opposite,” “opposing”: contradistinction, contraindicate.
Origin of contra-1
<Late Latin, Latin, prefixal use of adverb and preposition contrā
Other definitions for contra (4 of 4)
a prefix meaning “pitched lower than” the voice or instrument specified by the following element: contralto, contrabassoon.
Origin of contra-2
<Italian <Latin; see contra-1, counterpoint
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How to use contra in a sentence
What was it Ronald Reagan called the Contras and the Afghan mujahedin?
Actually some of the Contras whom I knew were the moral equivalent of pathological killers.
His books include Securing the City, Summer of Deliverance, Expats, and With the Contras.The Hero Summit 2013 Speakers||September 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Now I have stated our grievances, I must put all the per contras lest you should think me discontented.Miss Eden's Letters|Emily Eden
Si, seores, he had indeed, until Colonel Dupin and the Contras arrived.
At Contras Henry of Navarre was reported as cut to pieces, yet his loss was less than 10 per cent.Chattanooga and Chickamauga|Henry V. Boynton
Seeing Ney, he supposed the Contras at no great distance, and a shot would bring them on his heels.
He had deserted the Contras to waylay the rich bullion convoy of which Rodrigo Galn had told him.
British Dictionary definitions for contra
against; contrary; opposing; contrastingcontraceptive; contradistinction
(in music) pitched belowcontrabass
Word Origin for contra-
from Latin, from contrā against
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