from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Perverse; inimical.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Tending to counter, oppose, resist, argue.
  • adj. Harmful, vexatious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Showing contrariety; repugnant; perverse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Opposing; antagonistic; contrary; rebellious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. difficult to deal with


From Middle English, from Old French contrarious, from Late Latin contrāriōsus. (Wiktionary)


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