Definitions

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

  • adjective Perverse; inimical.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Opposing; antagonistic; contrary; rebellious.

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

  • adjective Archaic Showing contrariety; repugnant; perverse.

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

  • adjective archaic, of persons Tending to counter, oppose, resist, argue.
  • adjective archaic Harmful, vexatious.

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

  • adjective difficult to deal with

Etymologies

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

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