American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The quality or condition of being contrary.
- n. Something that is contrary.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being contrary; extreme opposition; the relation of the greatest unlikeness within the same class.
- n. Something contrary to or extremely unlike another; a contrary.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The state or quality of being contrary; opposition; repugnance; disagreement; antagonism.
- n. Something which is contrary to, or inconsistent with, something else; an inconsistency.
- n. the relation between contraries
- From Middle French contrariété, from Late Latin contrarietas, from contrarius, from contra ("against"). Compare contrary. (Wiktionary)
“Another partial of oral which Cleopatra never struggled with a dignified question, in contrariety to Antony, a some-more substantial figure.”
“has no substantial being, but is an acting in contrariety to the being formed in us" [Theophylact].”
“They are dim with bloodlust, blind with hate and mired in contrariety.”
“Divine providence does not determine a free will to one part of a contradiction or contrariety, that is, by a determination preceding the actual volition itself; under other circumstances the concurrence of the very volition with the will is the concomitant cause, and thus determines the will with the volition itself, by an act which is not previous but simultaneous, as the schoolmen express themselves.”
“But this is the most genuinely gracious fear of sin, when we dread the defilement of it, and that contrariety which is in it to the holiness of God.”
“Why assume "contrariety" and "disorder" in a kosmos which seems to have had no experience of either?”
“Concerning the contrariety that arises from carnal corruption, it is expressed in the scripture by the greatest that can be, namely, that contrariety which is between enemies; yea, and such an one as breaks out into an open war: I have a law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and leading me captive into the law of sin, Rom. vii.”
“By this means there arises a kind of contrariety in our method of thinking, from the different points of view, in which we survey the object, and from the nearness or remoteness of those instants of time, which we compare together.”
“And principles, which in their nature have no kind of contrariety or affinity, may yet accidentally be each other's allays or incentives.”
“But our comedians think there is no delight without laughter, which is very wrong; for though laughter may come with delight, yet cometh it not of delight, as though delight should be the cause of laughter; but well may one thing breed both together: nay, rather in themselves, they have as it were a kind of contrariety: for delight we scarcely do, but in things that have a convenience to ourselves, or to the general nature: laughter almost ever cometh of things most disproportioned to ourselves and nature.”
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