- an opposing or contrary purpose.
- at cross-purposes, in a way that involves or produces mutual misunderstanding or frustration, usually unintentionally.
Origin of cross-purpose
Related Words for cross-purposediscord, dissent, disunity, argument, friction, wrangle, controversy, debate, fight, split, spat, tension, squabble, clash, antagonism, hostility, misunderstanding, opposition, animosity, difference
Examples from the Web for cross-purpose
Historical Examples of cross-purpose
If we find every fact of life at cross-purpose with Scripture, what then?The Call of the Town
John Alexander Hammerton
It seems someway unlike God to make each person a something all of cross-purpose.
I am not prone on my green couch, frayed, frazzled, bowed-down in spirit from a day of frightful stress and cross-purpose.
- a contrary aim or purpose
- at cross-purposes conflicting; opposed; disagreeing