Definitions for contraryˈkɒn trɛr i; for 5 also kənˈtrɛər i
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
con•trar•yˈkɒn trɛr i; for 5 also kənˈtrɛər i(adj.; n.; adv.)(pl.)-trar•ies
(adj.)opposite in nature or character; diametrically or mutually opposed:
contrary to fact; contrary beliefs.
opposite in direction or position:
being the opposite one of two.
unfavorable or adverse:
perverse; obstinate; stubbornly opposed or willful.
(n.)something that is contrary or opposite.
either of two contrary things.
Logic. a proposition so related to another proposition that both may not be true though both may be false, as with the propositions “All judges are male” and “No judges are male.”
(adv.)in opposition; oppositely; counter:
to act contrary to one's principles.
Idioms for contrary:
by contraries,Archaic. contrary to expectation.
on the contrary, in opposition to what has been stated.
to the contrary, to the opposite effect:
whatever you may say to the contrary.
Origin of contrary:
1200–50; ME contrarie < AF < L contrārius. See contra -1, -ary
reverse, contrary, opposite(noun)
a relation of direct opposition
"we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true"
"public opinion to the contrary he is not guilty"
a logical relation such that two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but both can be false
very opposed in nature or character or purpose
"acts contrary to our code of ethics"; "the facts point to a contrary conclusion"
of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true but both may be false
"`hot' and `cold' are contrary terms"
contrary, obstinate, perverse, wayward(adj)
resistant to guidance or discipline
"Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior"
in an opposing direction
"adverse currents"; "a contrary wind"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
contrary(adjective)ˈkɒn trɛr i; for 5 also kənˈtrɛər i
conflicting or opposing
the contrary view/opinion; contrary to expectations
contraryˈkɒn trɛr i; for 5 also kənˈtrɛər i
indicates a statement, fact, etc. is not what most people think
Contrary to popular belief, climate change is not responsible for the flooding.
One of a pair of propositions that cannot both be simultaneously true.
To oppose; to frustrate.
To contradict (someone or something).
To do the opposite of (someone or something).
To act inconsistently or perversely; to act in opposition to.
To argue; to debate; to uphold an opposite opinion.
To be self-contradictory; to become reversed.
opposed in nature
opposite; in an opposite direction; in opposition; adverse; as, contrary winds
opposed; contradictory; repugnant; inconsistent
given to opposition; perverse; forward; wayward; as, a contrary disposition; a contrary child
affirming the opposite; so opposed as to destroy each other; as, contrary propositions
a thing that is of contrary or opposite qualities
an opponent; an enemy
the opposite; a proposition, fact, or condition incompatible with another; as, slender proofs which rather show the contrary. See Converse, n., 1
Contrary was a character from Malibu Comics' Ultraverse. She was created by Gerard Jones and Martin Egeland and first appeared in the series Freex, though she was better known as the founder of Ultraforce. Though it has never been truly confirmed, it is heavily implied in Freex that the nurse nicknamed "Wetware Mary" was the same woman who would eventually become Contrary. Both were humans who had access to the advanced technology of the Fire People, and both manipulated people in various ways for their own agendas.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'contrary' in Nouns Frequency: #2504
Translations for contrary
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
(often with to ) opposite (to) or in disagreement (with)
That decision was contrary to my wishes; Contrary to popular belief he is an able politician.
- مُتَناقِض، مُضاد، مُعاكِسArabic
- contrárioPortuguese (BR)
- proti, navzdory (čemu)Czech
- stik imod; i modsætning tilDanish
- contrario aSpanish
- مخالف؛ ضدFarsi
- contraire (à); contrairement (à)French
- suprotan, protivanCroatian
- contrario; contrariamenteItalian
- in strijd metDutch
- motsatt, i strid med, stikk imotNorwegian
- przeciwny, niezgodnyPolish
- مخالف؛ ضدPersian
- چپ، ضد، برعكسPashto
- i strid mot (med), motsatt, i motsats tillSwedish
- 相反的Chinese (Trad.)
- протилежний; супротивнийUkrainian
- برخلاف، برعكسUrdu
- trái ngượcVietnamese
- 相反的Chinese (Simp.)
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