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On the contrary, I tried on numerous occasions to convince the American president not to go to war. I did what was within my capabilities to avoid that happening.
Silvio Berlusconi

Meaning of "contrary" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD CONTRARY

From Latin contrārius opposite, from contrā against.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF CONTRARY

contrary  [ˈkɒntrərɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF CONTRARY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Contrary can act as a noun, an adjective and an adverb.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

The adverb is an invariable part of the sentence that can change, explain or simplify a verb or another adverb.

WHAT DOES CONTRARY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Contrary

Contrary may refer to: ▪ Contrary is the relationship between two propositions when they cannot both be true. ▪ Contrary motion, in music theory ▪ Contrary Magazine, a literary journal founded at the University of Chicago ▪ Contrary, in certain Amerindian cultures ▪ Contrary, a character from Malibu Comics' Ultraverse ▪ Little Miss Contrary, a Little Miss character...

Definition of contrary in the English dictionary

The first definition of contrary in the dictionary is opposed in nature, position, etc. Other definition of contrary is . perverse; obstinate. Contrary is also adverse; unfavourable.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH CONTRARY


arbitrary
ˈɑːbɪtrərɪ
bizarrerie
bɪˈzɑːrərɪ
cinerary
ˈsɪnərərɪ
contemporary
kənˈtɛmprərɪ
cotemporary
kəʊˈtɛmpərərɪ
extraliterary
ˌekstrəˈlɪtrərɪ
funerary
ˈfjuːnərərɪ
honorary
ˈɒnərərɪ
horary
ˈhɔːrərɪ
interlibrary
ˌɪntəˈlaɪbrərɪ
itinerary
aɪˈtɪnərərɪ
librairie
ˈliːbrərɪ
library
ˈlaɪbrərɪ
literary
ˈlɪtərərɪ
orrery
ˈɒrərɪ
petrary
ˈpetrərɪ
registrary
ˈredʒɪstrərɪ
subcontrary
sʌbˈkɒntrərɪ
supernumerary
ˌsuːpəˈnjuːmərərɪ
temporary
ˈtɛmpərərɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE CONTRARY

contrarian
contraries
contrarieties
contrariety
contrarily
contrariness
contrarious
contrariously
contrariousness
contrariwise
contrasexual
contrast
contrast medium
contrastable
contrasting
contrastive
contrastively
contrasty
contrasuggestibility
contrasuggestible

WORDS THAT END LIKE CONTRARY

British Library
circulating library
dynamic link library
film library
games library
gene library
lending library
mobile library
nonarbitrary
on the contrary
picture library
public library
reference library
rental library
school library
software library
sound library
Tipperary
video library
vulnerary

Synonyms and antonyms of contrary in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «CONTRARY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «contrary» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of contrary

Translation of «contrary» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF CONTRARY

Find out the translation of contrary to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of contrary from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «contrary» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

反面
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

contrario
570 millions of speakers

English

contrary
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

इसके विपरीत
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مُعَاكِس
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

противоположность
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

contrário
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বিপরীত
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

contraire
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Sebaliknya
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Gegenteil
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

正反対
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

반대
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Nalisir
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

điều trái ngược
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

மாறாக
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

उलट
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

aksi
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

contrario
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

przeciwieństwo
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

протилежність
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

din contră
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αντίθετο
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

Inteendeel
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

motsats
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

motsetning
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of contrary

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «CONTRARY»

The term «contrary» is very widely used and occupies the 11.390 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «CONTRARY» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «contrary» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «contrary» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about contrary

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10 QUOTES WITH «CONTRARY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word contrary.
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Lord Acton
There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion.
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Kate Adie
It's totally mistaken to suppose that an armed escort is going to give a journalist any protection - on the contrary, journalists who turn up surrounded by armed personnel are just turning themselves into targets and in even worse danger.
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Karen Armstrong
But human beings fall easily into despair, and from the very beginning we invented stories that enabled us to place our lives in a larger setting, that revealed an underlying pattern, and gave us a sense that, against all the depressing and chaotic evidence to the contrary, life had meaning and value.
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Alain Badiou
Liberal capitalism is not at all the Good of humanity. Quite the contrary; it is the vehicle of savage, destructive nihilism.
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Kabir Bedi
Every relationship comes with a shelf life; that duration could be a minute or even a lifetime. If, for whatever reasons, a relationship cannot last a lifetime, contrary to what the two people imagined, then both the individuals have to be communicative and have to understand and accept the reality.
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Silvio Berlusconi
On the contrary, I tried on numerous occasions to convince the American president not to go to war. I did what was within my capabilities to avoid that happening.
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Conrad Black
I do not at all have the mind of a bully... in my mind bullies are intolerant of contrary opinion, domineering and rather cowardly. I would hope that none of those terms could be fairly used in describing me.
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Sidney Blumenthal
On the contrary, it might even be a projection of what the truth is of the Bush Administration's complacency and ineptitude on the terrorism in its first 9 months in office.
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Andrea Bocelli
When I get on stage, my first goal is not to show my expertise, but on the contrary, to give a bit of happiness, of joy, of cheerfulness. I am firmly convinced that in order to sing well, you must love your neighbor and be passionate about life.
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Omar Bongo
Globalization, far from putting an end to power diplomacy between States, has, on the contrary, intensified it.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «CONTRARY»

Discover the use of contrary in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to contrary and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Contrary to Popular Belief: More than 250 False Facts Revealed
Is Everything You Know Wrong?
Joey Green, 2008
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The Art of Contrary Thinking
" The ten words quoted above are, according to Humphrey B. Neill, a potent factor behind the economic booms and busts that blight our civilization.
Humphrey B. Neill, 1963
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Contrary to Love: Helping the Sexual Addict
This resource identifies the stages and progression of sex addiction, including assessment, intervention, and treatment methods. It also covers family structure, bonding, boundaries, and recovery topics.
Patrick Carnes, 2013
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Blakes Contrary States
In a fresh examination of Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience, poems which often seem strangely contradictory, Dr Gillham suggests that Blake is not stating his own thoughts and feelings but presenting 'dramatic' statements; he ...
Bill Gillham, 1966
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The Contrary Farmer
Offers the practical advice of a manual for the cottage farmer as well as meditation in praise of work and pleasure
Gene Logsdon, 1995
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On the Contrary: Critical Essays, 1987-1997
This collection was prepared in the belief that the most useful andrevealing of anyone's writings are often those shorter essays penned in conflict with or criticismof one's professional colleagues.
Paul M. Churchland, Patricia Smith Churchland, 1998
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Contrary Notions: The Michael Parenti Reader
Michael Parenti's most lucid and penetrating writings on power, history, politics and culture.
Michael Parenti, 2013
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On the Contrary: Essays by Men and Women
On The Contrary contains a balance of writings by men and women. The essays are presented in pairs, a man and a woman writing on each topic.
Martha Rainbolt, Janet Fleetwood, 1984
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Contrary Things: Exegesis, Dialectic, and the Poetics of ...
This work of intellectual and cultural history seeks to understand the recurring connection of teaching with contradiction in some major texts of the European Middle Ages.
Catherine Brown, 1998
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Quite Contrary
The unusual thing about the collection Quite Contrary is the range of subgenre. Although these are all crime stories, each is vastly different in its approach to the crime.
John Chabot, 2005

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «CONTRARY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term contrary is used in the context of the following news items.
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Contrary to rumor, Calvin attends Willmar City Council meeting
WILLMAR — Contrary to a rumor in the community that he would not be present, Mayor Marv Calvin was indeed present to preside over the ... «West Central Tribune, Jul 15»
2
Bloomberg Reporter Bases 'Factories Making a Comeback' Story on …
Bloomberg Reporter Bases 'Factories Making a Comeback' Story on a Survey, Ignoring Horrible Contrary Data. By Tom Blumer | July 6, 2015 | 11:55 PM EDT. «NewsBusters, Jul 15»
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Nintendo NX May Not Launch 2016, Contrary To Rumors
News that Nintendo's newest console, codenamed Nintendo NX, is to hit market this coming 2016 are making millions of gaming fans excited ... «The Inquisitr, Jul 15»
4
Calm holiday weekend at Lake Contrary
Calm holiday weekend at Lake Contrary ... Terrence Booze of St. Joseph skims across Lake Contrary on a jet ski Thursday afternoon. «News-Press Now, Jul 15»
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Contrary strategy helps build ramen empire
Tadashi Kanda stands in front of a Hidakaya ramen shop in Omiya Ward, Saitama. Photo: Japan News/ANN ... «AsiaOne, Jul 15»
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Ups & Downs / Tadashi Kanda, chairman of Hiday Hidaka Corp …
Contrary strategy helps build ramen empire. The Yomiuri Shimbun. Tadashi Kanda stands in front of a Hidakaya ramen shop in Omiya Ward, ... «The Japan News, Jul 15»
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Contrary to perceptions, politics doesn't always drive public views on …
Ideology is not the dominant factor in shaping what Americans think about most science-related issues, according to a new poll by the Pew ... «Science /AAAS, Jul 15»
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Saudi cabinet: Terror attacks contrary to all Islamic principles
Saudi cabinet: Terror attacks contrary to all Islamic principles ... Ministers described the events as contrary to all Islamic values and principles. «Al-Arabiya, Jul 15»
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How to Properly Use Bobby Pins—Contrary to What Hollywood Hair …
Bobby pins—pretty self-explanatory right? You slide one into your hair and call it a day…until a few hours later when your strands are falling out ... «E! Online, Jun 15»
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Terror attacks contrary to all principles and values: Cabinet
JEDDAH — Condemning the recent terror attacks in Kuwait, Tunisia and France and the bombing that killed Egyptian attorney general, the ... «Saudi Gazette, Jun 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Contrary [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/contrary>. Dec 2019 ».
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