Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The quality or condition of being contrary.
  • noun Something that is contrary.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being contrary; extreme opposition; the relation of the greatest unlikeness within the same class.
  • noun Something contrary to or extremely unlike another; a contrary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state or quality of being contrary; opposition; repugnance; disagreement; antagonism.
  • noun Something which is contrary to, or inconsistent with, something else; an inconsistency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Opposition or contrariness; cross-purposes, marked contrast.

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

  • noun the relation between contraries

Etymologies

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From Middle French contrariété, from Late Latin contrarietas, from contrarius, from contra ("against"). Compare contrary.

Examples

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  • Bahaha, WeirdNet!

    August 29, 2009

  • "MENENIUS: This is unlikely:

    He and Aufidius can no more atone

    Than violentest contrariety."

    - William Shakespeare, 'The Tragedy of Coriolanus'.

    August 29, 2009