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Definitions for contrariety
ˌkɒn trəˈraɪ ɪ ticon·tra·ri·ety

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contrarietynoun

    the relation between contraries


  1. contrarietynoun

    Opposition or contrariness; cross-purposes, marked contrast.

  2. Etymology: From contrariété, from contrarietas, from contrarius, from contra. Compare contrary.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Contrarietynoun

    Etymology: from contrarietas, Latin.

    The will about one and the same thing may, in contrary respects, have contrary inclinations, and that without contrariety. Richard Hooker, b. v. sect. 48.

    It principally failed by late setting out, and by some contrariety of weather at sea. Henry Wotton.

    Their religion had more than negative contrariety to virtue. Decay of Piety.

    There is a contrariety between those things that conscience inclines to, and those that entertain the senses. South.

    There is nothing more common than contrariety of opinions; nothing more obvious than that one man wholly disbelieves what another only doubts of, and a third stedfastly believes and firmly adheres to. John Locke.

    Making a contrariety the place of my memory, in her foulness I beheld Pamela’s fairness, still looking on Mopsa, but thinking on Pamela. Philip Sidney.

    He which will perfectly recover a sick and restore a diseased body unto health, must not endeavour so much to bring it to a state of simple contrariety, as of fit proportion in contrariety unto those evils which are to be cured. Richard Hooker, b. iv. s. 8.

    He will be here, and yet he is not here;
    How can these contrarieties agree? William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.

    These two interests are of that nature, that it is to be feared they cannot be divided; but they will also prove opposite, and not resting in a bare diversity, quickly rise into a contrariety. Robert South, Sermons.


  1. contrariety

    In lexical semantics, opposites are words lying in an inherently incompatible binary relationship. For example, something that is long entails that it is not short. It is referred to as a 'binary' relationship because there are two members in a set of opposites. The relationship between opposites is known as opposition. A member of a pair of opposites can generally be determined by the question What is the opposite of X ? The term antonym (and the related antonymy) is commonly taken to be synonymous with opposite, but antonym also has other more restricted meanings. Graded (or gradable) antonyms are word pairs whose meanings are opposite and which lie on a continuous spectrum (hot, cold). Complementary antonyms are word pairs whose meanings are opposite but whose meanings do not lie on a continuous spectrum (push, pull). Relational antonyms are word pairs where opposite makes sense only in the context of the relationship between the two meanings (teacher, pupil). These more restricted meanings may not apply in all scholarly contexts, with Lyons (1968, 1977) defining antonym to mean gradable antonyms, and Crystal (2003) warning that antonymy and antonym should be regarded with care.


  1. contrariety

    Contrariety refers to the state or quality of being directly opposed or contrary, involving logical contradiction or inconsistency. It can include a state of conflict, antagonism, or opposition in nature or principles, or related to a proposition or theory that denies or contradicts another.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contrarietynoun

    the state or quality of being contrary; opposition; repugnance; disagreement; antagonism

  2. Contrarietynoun

    something which is contrary to, or inconsistent with, something else; an inconsistency

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contrariety in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contrariety in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of contrariety in a Sentence

  1. Victor Hugo:

    So different are the colours of life, as we look forward to the future, or backward to the past and so different the opinions and sentiments which this contrariety of appearance naturally produces, that the conversation of the old and young ends generally with contempt or pity on either side.

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