Definitions of contrary

  1.   in an opposing direction adverse currents a contrary wind
  2.   two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but both can be false
  3.   exact opposition public opinion to the contrary he is not guilty
  4.   a relation of direct opposition we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true
  5.   resistant to guidance or discipline Mary Mary quite contrary an obstinate child with a violent temper a perverse mood wayward behavior
  6.   very opposed in nature or character or purpose acts contrary to our code of ethics the facts point to a contrary conclusion
  7.   of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true but both may be false hot' and cold' are contrary terms
  8.   Contrarily
  9.   Opposite in an opposite direction in opposition adverse as contrary winds
  10.   Opposed contradictory repugnant inconsistent
  11.   Given to opposition perverse forward wayward as a contrary disposition a contrary child
  12.   Affirming the opposite so opposed as to destroy each other as contrary propositions
  13.   A thing that is of contrary or opposite qualities
  14.   An opponent an enemy
  15.   the opposite a proposition fact or condition incompatible with another as slender proofs which rather show the contrary See Converse n 1
  16.   See Contraries
  17.   Opposed contradictory opposite in direction perverse wayward
  18.   A thing of qualities opposite to those of some other thing the opposite of some assertion
  19.   Contrariness contrariety
  20.   Opposite inconsistent contradictory
  21.   A thing that is contrary or of opposite qualities
  23.   Opposite inconsistent
  24.   That which is contrary
  25.   Opposite opposing captious perverse
  26.   One of two contrary things the opposite
  27.   Opposite adverse contradictory repugnant or inconsistent
  28.   A thing of opposite qualities a proposition contrary to another
  29.   Adverse opposite contradictory repugnant in an opposite direction
  30.   A thing of opposite qualities

Quotes of contrary

  1. No punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes On the contrary whatever the punishment once a specific crime has appeared for the first time its reappearance is more likely than its initial emergence could ever have been – Hannah Arendt
  2. Today we no longer regard the universe as the cause of our own undeserved troubles but perhaps on the contrary as the last refuge from the mismanagement of our earthly affairs – Rudolf Arnheim
  3. Miracles are not contrary to nature but only contrary to what we know about nature – Saint Augustine
  4. Life liberty and property do not exist because men have made laws On the contrary it was the fact that life liberty and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place – Frederic Bastiat
  5. Globalization far from putting an end to power diplomacy between States has on the contrary intensified it – Omar Bongo
  6. If you follow reason far enough it always leads to conclusions that are contrary to reason – Samuel Butler
  7. Evil borders upon good and vices are confounded with virtues as the report of good qualities is delightful to a well -disposed mind so the relation of the contrary should not be offensive – Giraldus Cambrensis
  8. Relativism is not indifference on the contrary passionate indifference is necessary in order for you not to hear the voices that oppose your absolute decrees – Karel Capek
  9. On the contrary all the world would point to that nation as violating a treaty by going to war with a country with whom they had engaged to enter into arbitration – Richard Cobden
  10. What is earnest is not always true on the contrary error is often more earnest than truth – Benjamin Disraeli
  11. On the contrary woman is the best equipped fighting machine that ever went to battle – Richard Le Gallienne
  12. It is not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction of the whole world to the scratching of my finger – David Hume
  13. Despite claims by some to the contrary we have heard numerous times in hearings and briefings by experts that existing technologies do not fully or effectively detect nuclear material – John Linder
  14. Imagination grows by exercise and contrary to common belief is more powerful in the mature than in the young – W. Somerset Maugham
  15. These examples of the lack of simplicity in English and French all appearances to the contrary could be multiplied almost without limit and apply to all national languages – Edward Sapir

Usage examples for contrary

  1. On the contrary if I ran it was evidently because I wished to get away – The Case of Richard Meynell by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  2. “ I know of no reason to the contrary – Barriers Burned Away by E. P. Roe
  3. Here too quite the contrary is the case – The Future of International Law by Lassa Oppenheim
  4. “ Beatrice on the contrary seemed instantly to take in the spirit of the place – Dora Thorne by Charlotte M. Braeme
  5. It is not contrary to fact – A Knight Of The Nineteenth Century by E. P. Roe
  6. He appeared on the contrary uneasy nervous and impatient – The Living Link by James De Mille
  7. The fire was contrary – A Poor Man's House by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
  8. On the contrary I want you as calmly as possible to give me a little information about yourself – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  9. On the contrary I heard him tell Miss Moore she wasn't to forget their dance – The Lightning Conductor Discovers America by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
  10. He told me on the contrary that it is my duty to do everything in my power to help you – The Heart of Rome by Francis Marion Crawford
  11. “ I believe just the contrary – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  12. Quite to the contrary he assured her I have been deeply interested and concerned in all you have said – The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic
  13. He is just contrary enough for that – Jewel A Chapter In Her Life by Clara Louise Burnham
  14. On the contrary replied Carrados people spring these things on me – Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah
  15. On the contrary I would there were more like you – Vendetta A Story of One Forgotten by Marie Corelli
  16. On the contrary he rather likes him – The Sisters-In-Law by Gertrude Atherton
  17. On the contrary I have been happy quite happy lately – Superseded by May Sinclair
  18. On the contrary broke in Kennedy I shouldn't be surprised to find that it is the light that succeeded – The Dream Doctor by Arthur B. Reeve
  19. The wind was not contrary what where they waiting for ” – The Billow and the Rock by Harriet Martineau
  20. On the contrary you may help me to hope – The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins

Rhymes for contrary