What does contrary mean?
Definitions for contrary
ˈkɒn trɛr i; for 5 also kənˈtrɛər icon·tra·ry
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reverse, contrary, oppositenoun
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, waywardadjective
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"
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
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: contrarius, Latin.
Perhaps some thing, repugnant to her kind,
By strong antipathy the soul may kill;
But what can be contrary to the mind,
Which holds all contraries in concord still. Davies.
He that believes it, and yet lives contrary to it, knows that he hath no reason for what he does. John Tillotson, Serm. v.
The various and contrary choices that men make in the world, do not argue that they do not at all pursue good; but that the same thing is not good to every man alike. John Locke.
The ship was in the midst of the sea, tossed with the waves; for the wind was contrary. Mat. xiv. 24.
Etymology: from the adjective.
No contraries hold more antipathy,
Than I and such a knave. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
Why contraries feed thunder in the cloud. Abraham Cowley, Davideis.
Honour should be concern’d in honour’s cause;
That is not to be cur’d by contraries,
As bodies are, whose health is often drawn
From rankest poisons. Thomas Southerne, Oroonoko.
The instances brought by our author are but slender proofs of a right to civil power and dominion in the first-born, and do rather shew the contrary. John Locke.
He pleaded still not guilty;
The king’s attorney, on the contrary,
Urg’d on examinations, proofs, confessions
Of diverse witnesses. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.
If justice stood on the side of the single person, it ought to give good men pleasure to see that right should take place; but when, on the contrary, the commonweal of a whole nation is overborn by private interest, what good man but must lament? Jonathan Swift.
They did it, not for want of instruction to the contrary. Edward Stillingfleet.
To oppose; to thwart; to contradict.
Etymology: contrarier, French.
When I came to court I was advised not to contrary the king. Hugh Latimer.
Finding in him the force of it, he would no further contrary it, but employ all his service to medicine it. Philip Sidney.
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
Etymology: [F. contrarier. See Contrary, a.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kon′tra-ri, adj. opposite: contradictory—Contra′riant (rare).—n. a thing that is contrary or of opposite qualities.—n.pl. Con′traries, things opposite in quality: (logic) propositions which destroy each other.—n. Contrarī′ety, opposition: inconsistency.—adv. Con′trarily.—n. Con′trariness.—adj. Contrā′rious, showing contrariety: repugnant: opposite.—advs. Contrā′riously, contrarily; Con′trariwise, on the contrary way or side: on the other hand. [L. contrarius—contra, against.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
The wind when opposed to a vessel's course. "Cruel was the stately ship that bore her love from Mary, And cruel was the fair wind that wouldn't blow contrary."
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'contrary' in Nouns Frequency: #2504
The numerical value of contrary in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of contrary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Examples of contrary in a Sentence
We have significant evidence to the contrary.
True patriotism sometimes requires of men to act exactly contrary, at one period, to that which it does at another, and the motive which impels themthe desire to do rightis precisely the same.
Elliott Broidy has never agreed to work for, been retained by nor been compensated by any foreign government for any interaction with the United States Government, ever, any implication to the contrary is a lie.
Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen:
From where I stand, I'm deeply disappointed that the House leadership would proceed in that way in something that is so obviously beneath the dignity of the offices they hold. It's really a new low for the current House of Representatives, we're talking about a matter, the census, in which the Supreme Court has already ruled, and we have moved on. So, the House has not identified some compelling legislative need for this. To the contrary this makes no sense at all.
Do you know what a delusion is? It's a false belief sustained despite clear evidence to the contrary.
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