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               con-trar-y - Verb


 Opposed, as in character or purpose. 
2) Opposite in direction or position.   
4) Adverse; unfavorable.
5) also: Given to recalcitrant behavior;  willful or perverse


[Middle English contrarie, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin contrrius : contr, against; see kom in Indo-European roots + -rius, -ary.]
noun. pl. :  

con'trari-ly adv.  con'trar'i-ness n

1) Something that is opposite or contrary. 
2) Either of two opposing or contrary things: "Truth is perhaps . . . a dynamic compound of opposites, savage contraries for a moment conjoined" (A. Bartlett Giamatti). 
3) Logic A proposition related to another in such a way that if the latter is true, the former must be false, but if the latter is false, the former is not necessarily true.


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[kon-trer-ee; for 5 also kuhn-trair-ee] Show IPA
opposite in nature or character; diametrically or mutually opposed: contrary to fact; contrary propositions.
opposite in direction or position: departures in contrary directions.
being the opposite one of two: I will make the contrary choice.
unfavorable or adverse.
perverse; stubbornly opposed or willful.
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noun, plural con-trar-ies.
something that is contrary or opposite: to prove the contrary of a statement.
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.--
in opposition; oppositely; counter: to act contrary to one's own principles.
by contraries, contrary to expectation.
on the contrary,
in opposition to what has been stated.
from another point of view: On the contrary, there may be some who would agree with you.
to the contrary,
to the opposite effect: I believe he is innocent, whatever they may say to the contrary.
to a different effect.

1200--50; Middle English contrarie  < Anglo-French  < Latin contrārius.  See contra1 , -ary

con-trar-i-ly [kon-trer-uh-lee, kuhn-trair-] Show IPA , adverb
con-trar-i-ness, noun
qua-si-con-trar-i-ly, adverb
qua-si-con-trar-y, adjective

1. contradictory, conflicting, counter. See opposite. 4. unfriendly, hostile. Contrary, adverse both describe something that opposes. Contrary conveys an idea of something impersonal and objective whose opposition happens to be unfavorable: contrary winds. Adverse suggests something more personally unfriendly or even hostile; it emphasizes the idea of the resulting misfortune to that which is opposed: The judge rendered a decision adverse to the defendant. 5. intractable, obstinate, headstrong, stubborn, pig-headed.

4. favorable. 5. obliging, complaisant.
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World English Dictionary
contrary  (-k-ntrr-)
1. opposed in nature, position, etc: contrary ideas
2. perverse; obstinate
3. (esp of wind) adverse; unfavourable
4. (of plant parts) situated at right angles to each other
5. logic subcontrary Compare contradictory (of a pair of propositions) related so that they cannot both be true at once, although they may both be false together
  n  , -ries
6. the exact opposite (esp in the phrase to the contrary )
7. on the contrary  quite the reverse; not at all
8. either of two exactly opposite objects, facts, or qualities
9. logic  a statement that cannot be true when a given statement is true
10. in an opposite or unexpected way: contrary to usual belief
11. in conflict (with) or contravention (of): contrary to nature
[C14: from Latin contrārius  opposite, from contrā  against]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from Anglo-Fr. contrarie, from L. contrarius "opposite, opposed," from contra "against" (see contra).
 "If we take the statement All men are mortal , its contrary is Not all men are mortal , its converse is All mortal beings are men , & its opposite is No men are mortal . The contrary, however, does not exclude the opposite, but includes it as its most extreme form. Thus This is white  has only one opposite, This is black , but many contraries, as This is not white, This is coloured, This is dirty, This is black ; & whether the last form is called the contrary , or more emphatically the opposite , is usually indifferent. But to apply the opposite  to a mere contrary (e.g. to I did not hit him  in relation to I hit him , which has no opposite), or to the converse (e.g. to He hit me  in relation to I hit him , to which it is neither contrary nor opposite), is a looseness that may easily result in misunderstanding; the temptation to go wrong is intelligible when it is remembered that with certain types of sentence ( A exceeds B ) the converse & the opposite are identical ( B exceeds A )." [Fowler]
 Related: Contrarily (mid-16c.).
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Idioms & Phrases


see on the contrary; to the contrary.


The American Heritage-  Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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