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Definition of CONTRARY

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Contrary \Con"tra*ry\ (? or ?; 48), a. [OE. contrarie, contraire, F. contraire, fr. L. contrarius, fr. contra. See {Contra-}.]
     1. Opposite; in an opposite direction; in opposition; adverse; as, contrary winds. [1913 Webster]

              And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me.                      --Lev. xxvi.
                                                    21. [1913 Webster]

              We have lost our labor; they are gone a contrary way.                                  --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. Opposed; contradictory; repugnant; inconsistent. [1913 Webster]

              Fame, if not double-faced, is double mouthed, And with contrary blast proclaims most deeds.
                                                    --Milton. [1913 Webster]

              The doctrine of the earth's motion appeared to be contrary to the sacred Scripture.     --Whewell. [1913 Webster]

     3. Given to opposition; perverse; forward; wayward; as, a contrary disposition; a contrary child. [1913 Webster]

     4. (Logic) Affirming the opposite; so opposed as to destroy each other; as, contrary propositions. [1913 Webster]

     {Contrary motion} (Mus.), the progression of parts in opposite directions, one ascending, the other descending.

     Syn: Adverse; repugnant; hostile; inimical; discordant; inconsistent. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Contrary \Con"tra*ry\, n.; pl. {Contraries}.
     1. A thing that is of contrary or opposite qualities. [1913 Webster]

              No contraries hold more antipathy
              Than I and such a knave.              --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. An opponent; an enemy. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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     3. the opposite; a proposition, fact, or condition incompatible with another; as, slender proofs which rather show the contrary. See {Converse}, n., 1. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

     4. (Logic) See {Contraries}.
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     {On the contrary}, in opposition; on the other hand. --Swift.

     {To the contrary}, to an opposite purpose or intent; on the other side. "They did it, not for want of instruction to the contrary." --Bp. Stillingfleet. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Contrary \Con"tra*ry\, v. t. [F. contrarier. See {Contrary}, a.] To contradict or oppose; to thwart. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

           I was advised not to contrary the king.  --Bp. Latimer. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

275 Moby Thesaurus words for "contrary": abjuratory, abnegative, adversary, adversative, adverse, adversive, alien, antagonistic, anti, antipathetic, antipodal, antipode, antipodean, antipodes, antipole, antithesis, antithetic, antithetical, antonym, antonymous, argumentative, assorted, at cross-purposes, at loggerheads, at odds, at opposite extremes, at variance, at war, awkward, back to back, bad, balancing, balky, bulky, cantankerous, choking, clashing, clumsy, compensating, competitive, con, conflicting, confounding, confronting, confutative, confuting, constrictive, contra, contradicting, contradictory, contradistinct, contrapositive, contrarily, contrarious, contrariwise, contrasted, contrasting, contrawise, contumacious, converse, conversely, counter, counteractive, counterbalance, counterbalancing, countercheck, counterpoint, counterpoise, counterpoised, counterpole, counterproductive, counterterm, countervailing, cranky, cross, cross-grained, crosswise, cumbersome, dead against, denying, departing, detrimental, deviant, deviating, deviative, different, differentiated, differing, difficult, disaccordant, disaffirming, disagreeable, disagreeing, disallowing, disavowing, disclaiming, discordant, discrepant, discrete, discriminated, disharmonious, disjoined, disowning, disparate, disproportionate, dissentient, dissenting, dissident, dissimilar, dissonant, distinct, distinguished, divergent, diverging, divers, diverse, diversified, enemy, eyeball to eyeball, face to face, foil, foul, fractious, froward, grating, hard, harmful, headstrong, heterogeneous, hindering, hindersome, hostile, hulking, hulky, immiscible, impractical, in disagreement, in opposition, in opposition to, in the way, inaccordant, inauspicious, incompatible, incongruous, inconsistent, inconsonant, inconvenient, inharmonious, inhibiting, inhibitive, inimical, inopportune, insubordinate, interrupting, interruptive, intractable, inverse, irascible, irreconcilable, jangling, jarring, just opposite, many, miserable, motley, multifarious, negative, negatory, nonconformable, nonconforming, nonconformist, noncooperative, nonobservant, nose to nose, not easy, obstinate, obstructing, obstructive, obstruent, obverse, occlusive, offset, opponent, opposed, opposing, opposite, opposite number, oppositely, oppositional, oppositive, oppugnant, ornery, out of accord, out of whack, overthwart, perverse, perversely, polar, poles apart, poles asunder, ponderous, rebellious, recalcitrant, recanting, recusant, refractory, refutative, refutatory, refuting, renunciative, renunciatory, repressive, repudiative, repugnant, restive, restrictive, reverse, revocative, revocatory, rigorous, rival, self-willed, separate, separated, setoff, several, sinister, squared off, stifling, strangling, stressful, stubborn, stuffy, sulky, sullen, suppressive, the contrary, the other side, troublesome, troublous, trying, unaccommodating, unadaptable, unadjustable, uncompliant, unconformable, unconforming, uncongenial, uncooperative, unequal, unfavorable, unfortunate, unfriendly, unhandy, unharmonious, unlike, unlucky, unmanageable, unpropitious, unruly, unsubmissive, untoward, unwieldy, variant, varied, variegated, various, varying, vice versa, vis-a-vis, wayward, widely apart, worlds apart, wretched, wrongheaded


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