Definition and Meanings for contrary

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Part of Speech of contrary

adjective, noun, transitive verb

Etymology of contrary

oe. contrarie, contraire, f. contraire, fr. l. contrarius, fr. contra. see contra- f. contrarier. see contrary, a.pos

Meaning of contrary


as adjective

  • opposite; in an opposite direction; in opposition; adverse; as, contrary winds.
  • opposed; contradictory; repugnant; inconsistent.
  • given to opposition; perverse; forward; wayward; as, a contrary disposition; a contrary child.
  • affirming the opposite; so opposed as to destroy each other; as, contrary propositions.

as noun

  • a thing that is of contrary or opposite qualities.
  • an opponent; an enemy.

as noun

  • the opposite; a proposition, fact, or condition incompatible with another; as, slender proofs which rather show the contrary. see converse, n., 1.
  • see contraries.

as transitive verb, adjective

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