American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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. In logic two propositions are contrary when the one denies every possible case of the other: as, All cows are black; No cows are black. They are contradictory when, one being universal, the other denies some only of the things asserted in the first: as, All men are wise; Some men are not wise.
- 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. Thus, contrary flected signifies bent or bowed in opposite directions; contrary invected or invecked means having both sides invected and in opposite senses; and contrary undé means undé on both the upper and under sides.
- To oppose; contradict.
- 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. obsolete To oppose; to frustrate.
- v. obsolete To impugn.
- v. obsolete To contradict (someone or something).
- v. obsolete To do the opposite of (someone or something).
- v. obsolete To act inconsistently or perversely; to act in opposition to.
- v. obsolete To argue; to debate; to uphold an opposite opinion.
- v. obsolete To be self-contradictory; to become reversed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Opposite; in an opposite direction; in opposition; adverse.
- adj. Opposed; contradictory; repugnant; inconsistent.
- adj. Given to opposition; perverse; forward; wayward.
- adj. (Logic) Affirming the opposite; so opposed as to destroy each other.
- n. A thing that is of contrary or opposite qualities.
- n. obsolete An opponent; an enemy.
- n. the opposite; a proposition, fact, or condition incompatible with another. See Converse, n., 1.
- n. (Logic) See Contraries.
- v. obsolete To contradict or oppose; to thwart.
- 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
- From Middle English contrarie, also contraire, from Old French contraire, from Latin contrarius ("opposite, opposed, contrary"), from contra ("against"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English contrarie, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin contrārius : contrā, against. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“That as to what they had been advised, viz. to enter into any treaty, contrary to the free government right, which they had obtained, and which they still enjoyed, they considered it as _contrary to God, their honor, and their safety_.”
“But whether it should or not, I am desirous that these words in the introduction to the extracts, vizt., — and as it has a malicious appear - ance to insinuate to the contrary — should be changed for the following, vizt., — hut as U has heen maliciously insinu - ated to the contrary* As the bearer waits I cannot add save, that I am with much regard, d 'S',”
“On the contrary, if there were any of these compounded Bodies, in which the Nature of one Element did not prevail over the rest, but they were all equally mix'd, and a match one for the other; then one of them would not abate the Force of the other, any more than its own Force is abated by it, but they would work upon one another with equal Power, and the Operation of any one of them would not be more conspicuous than that of the rest; and this Body would be far from being like to any one of the Elements, but would be as if it had nothing _contrary_ to its”
“Again, the term contrary to nature does not mean "unnatural" in the sense of producing discord and confusion.”
“Your belief to the contrary is also shockingly false.”
“Apparently, Steve himself has something to do with the US software industry but still tries to involve others in a more general debate over Keynes, while Gautam on the contrary is a student in economics, with some affection for Indian problems … thus inclined to study all theories, yet who makes an effort to visualize the more concrete problems in the industry.”
“It added that diplomats also saw reports of Yemen government officials "present during these attacks," which it called "contrary to the commitments that President Saleh has made to protect the right of Yemeni citizens to gather peacefully to express their views.”
“Any notion to the contrary is an excuse to be a relativist, vacillating, spineless coward that wants to blame their actions on anything but their conscious ability to make choices.ken. mcloud - my reference to the natural selection process and homosexuality - I was referring to the hypothetical consideration that if all humans at a given point of time, were solely homosexual, the race would cease to exist.”
“Deluding myself to the contrary is an indulgence in gross stupidity.”
“Proof to the contrary is a recent (2003) work of Ed Witten in which he used twistor math to solve certain problems in string theory.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘contrary’.
Use these and get promoted
Key words from "The Training of a Public Speaker" by Grenville Kleiser (New York and London, 1920)
against or opposite; below or beyond
The new favourite words of people on Twitter.
A script searches Twitter for "X is my new favourite word" and adds it to this list.
niglets, aw, flakey, shiznit, thatch, sexy, bummers, hotty, eargasms, ratchetry, weird, fab and 457 more...
All my favourite words that I come across!
My big word list.
she's such a joy.
Looking for tweets for contrary.