from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being contrary
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. state or quality of being contrary; opposition; inconsistency; contrariety; perverseness; obstinacy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Contrariety; opposition; antagonism.
- n. Perverseness; habitual obstinacy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. deliberate and stubborn unruliness and resistance to guidance or discipline
- n. a fussy and eccentric disposition
Sorry, no etymologies found.
If contrariness is my inheritance and destiny, so be it.
To be believable to the reader, they can’t be blatantly contradictory ie today they hate Jane, tomorrow they love Jane – unless that very contrariness is part of the plot.
By a natural perversity of disposition, which my nursemaids called contrariness,
By a natural perversity of disposition, which my nursemaids called contrariness, I felt the more strongly for my creed when I saw it despised among men.
She, again, proves her "contrariness" in the Bloomberg interview, by outing Treasury Secretary Geithner's rotten math that tries to convince subtraction takes nothing from a sum.
I appeal to the White community to turn away from "contrariness" as the motor for political debate, and to help us give every citizen in this Province a stake in this Province.
She might be out of patience with Sara's "contrariness," but she spoiled and petted her for all that, for the girl was the very core of her childless heart.
The bitter ones sneer or reproach or laugh at this "contrariness" in women they do not understand, and which, baffling their intellect, appears to them to be irrational folly.
And thus I saw when we are all in peace and in love, we find no contrariness, nor no manner of letting through that contrariness which is now in us; [nay], our
The fact of "contrariness" in older children -- especially boys -- is so familiar to all who have observed school children with any care that I need not cite further details.
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.