from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Opposed, as in character or purpose: contrary opinions; acts that are contrary to our code of ethics.
- adj. Opposite in direction or position: Our boat took a course contrary to theirs. See Synonyms at opposite.
- adj. Music Moving in the opposite direction at a fixed interval: playing scales in contrary motion.
- adj. Adverse; unfavorable: a contrary wind.
- adj. Given to recalcitrant behavior; willful or perverse.
- n. Something that is opposite or contrary.
- n. Either of two opposing or contrary things: "Truth is perhaps . . . a dynamic compound of opposites, savage contraries for a moment conjoined” ( A. Bartlett Giamatti).
- n. 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.
- adv. In an opposite direction or manner; counter: The judge ruled contrary to all precedent in the case.
- idiom by contraries Obsolete In opposition to what is expected.
- idiom on the contrary In opposition to what has been stated or what is expected: I'm not sick; on the contrary, I'm in the peak of health.
- idiom to the contrary To the opposite effect from what has been stated or what is expected: Despite what you say to the contary, this contract is fair.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. opposed in nature
- adj. strongly dissimilar
- adv. Contrarily
- n. The opposite.
- n. One of a pair of propositions that cannot both be simultaneously true.
- v. To oppose; to frustrate.
- v. To impugn.
- v. To contradict (someone or something).
- v. To do the opposite of (someone or something).
- v. To act inconsistently or perversely; to act in opposition to.
- v. To argue; to debate; to uphold an opposite opinion.
- v. To be self-contradictory; to become reversed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Opposite; in an opposite direction; in opposition; adverse.
- adj. Opposed; contradictory; repugnant; inconsistent.
- adj. Given to opposition; perverse; forward; wayward.
- adj. Affirming the opposite; so opposed as to destroy each other.
- n. A thing that is of contrary or opposite qualities.
- n. An opponent; an enemy.
- n. the opposite; a proposition, fact, or condition incompatible with another. See Converse, n., 1.
- n. See Contraries.
- transitive v. To contradict or oppose; to thwart.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Opposite; opposed; at the opposite point or in an opposite direction.
- In botany, at right angles to: as, a silique compressed contrary to the dissepiment (that is, in a direction at right angles to it, in distinction from a parallel direction).
- Extremely unlike; the most unlike of anything within the same class: thus, hot and cold, up and down, sage and fool, heaven and hell, are contrary terms.
- Adverse; hostile; opposing; antagonistic; opposite; conflicting.
- Given to contradiction; acting in opposition; captious; perverse; intractable; unaccommodating.
- Wilful, Untoward, etc. See wayward.
- n. One of a pair of objects placed at opposite points or seen in opposite directions; an opposite.
- n. One of a pair of characters, propositions, statements, or terms, the most different possible within the same general sphere or class. See I., 3.
- n. A contradiction; a denial.
- n. An adversary.
- In a contrary way; with a contrary result.
- In heraldry, oppositely; contrariwise: said of two bearings each of which is in some sense the reverse of the other.
- To oppose; contradict.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. very opposed in nature or character or purpose
- adj. resistant to guidance or discipline
- n. a logical relation such that two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but both can be false
- n. exact opposition
- n. a relation of direct opposition
- adj. in an opposing direction
- adj. of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true but both may be false
Middle English contrarie, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin contrārius : contrā, against.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English contrarie, also contraire, from Old French contraire, from Latin contrarius ("opposite, opposed, contrary"), from contra ("against"). (Wiktionary)