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  • adj. contrary; opposed; antagonistic; contradictory

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Contrary; opposed; antagonistic; inconsistent; contradictory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Opposing; opposite; contradictory; inconsistent.
  • n. A contradicter: in English history, the name given to Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, and the barons who took part with him against King Edward II., because, on account of their great power, it was not expedient to call them rebels or traitors.


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Late Latin contrarians, present participle of contrariare ("to oppose").


  • Recurrings there will be; hankerings that will, on every but-remotely-favourable incident, (however before discouraged and beaten back by ill success,) pop up, and abate the satisfaction we should otherwise take in contrariant overtures.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • The Stoics attribute the cause of sterility to the contrariant qualities and dispositions of those who lie with one another; but if it chance that these persons are separated, and there happen a conjunction of those who are of a suitable temperament, then there is a commixture according to nature, and by this means an infant is formed.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • It does not seem that there was in 1603 any statute to which canon 113 was necessarily contrariant or that any has been passed since.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 13: Revelation-Stock

  • Egypt, the dualism of Persia, the shamanism of Etruria, the pronounced polytheism of India are too contrariant to admit of any one explanation, or to be derivative of one single source ....

    History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present Moral and Physical Reasons for its Performance

  • Gray, and dark gray, and purple, they writhed in confused, contrariant motions, and tossed up a vaporous foam, while spots in them gyrated like whirlpools.

    Lilith, a romance

  • There was nothing contrariant between God's elder and later dispensation.

    Sermons. [Vol. I.]

  • Other lawful affections are not contrariant to this, but contained in it.

    Sermons. [Vol. I.]

  • 1984, Gary Hart lost Iowa to Walter Mondale, but won New Hampshire, contrariant (ph) again.

    CNN Transcript Jan 28, 2004

  • _Guillaume Féret_, who brought the placards from Switzerland.] [Footnote 358: Under the head of _Sacramentarians_ were included all who, like Zwingle, denied the bodily presence of Christ in or with the elements of the eucharist.] [Footnote 359: "De ne lire, dogmatiser, translater, composer ni imprimer, soit en public ou en privé, aucune doctrine contrariant à la foy chrétionne."

    The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)

  • There would then be no question agitated in Congress without eliciting the informal and contrariant opinions of the softer sex. "

    William Lloyd Garrison The Abolitionist


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