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contrary

con·tra·ry

contrary

 
 
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
phrases:
on the contrary
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Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: kan trer i  for 1 and 2 [or] kn trer i  for 3
definition 1: completely different; opposite.
You and I hold contrary opinions.The two boys took off in contrary directions.
synonyms:
conflicting, contradictory, opposite
antonyms:
same
similar words:
adverse, warring
definition 2: stubborn; willful.
He is so contrary about everything I ask him to do.
synonyms:
headstrong, obstinate, stubborn, willful
antonyms:
good-natured
similar words:
contradictory, unreasonable
 
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: kan trer i
inflections: contraries
definition: something opposite or completely different from something else.
The weather was the contrary of what we expected for our vacation.
synonyms:
opposite
similar words:
reverse
phrase: on the contrary
derivations: contrarily (adv.), contrariness (n.)
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The word contrary contains the following part:
counter-, contra- Latin prefix that means against, in the opposite direction