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contrary

con·tra·ry

contrary

 
parts of speech:
adjective, noun, adverb
phrases:
on the contrary
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: kan trer i  for 1 and 2 [or] kn trer i  for 3
definition 1: totally different; opposite.
You and I hold contrary views.The two boys headed off in contrary directions.
synonyms:
conflicting, contradictory, converse, counter, opposing, opposite, polar
antonyms:
same
similar words:
adverse, cross, discordant, repugnant, reverse, warring
definition 2: not favorable; adverse.
Cloudy skies and high winds are contrary conditions for ballooning.
synonyms:
adverse, inauspicious, inimical, unfavorable
similar words:
foul, hostile, ill, inclement, inopportune, negative, unfriendly, unlucky, unpropitious
definition 3: stubbornly averse; willful.
It's hard to like such a spoiled and contrary child as he is.I just thought we might go to a movie; you don't have to be so contrary!
synonyms:
antagonistic, averse, headstrong, obstinate, stubborn, willful
antonyms:
amenable, complaisant, good-natured
similar words:
antipathetic, contradictory, contumacious, intractable, mulish, perverse, pigheaded, recalcitrant, refractory, unreasonable
 
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: kan trer i
inflections: contraries
definition 1: something opposite or totally different from something else.
His opinion was the contrary of mine.
synonyms:
antithesis, converse, opposite
similar words:
reverse
definition 2: one of two contrary or totally different things.
similar words:
antithesis
phrase: on the contrary
 
part of speech: adverb
pronunciation: kan trer i
definition: in opposition; counter.
The election outcome ran contrary to our expectations.
synonyms:
counter, opposite
derivations: contrarily (adv.), contrariness (n.)
Word Parts
The word contrary contains the following part:
counter-, contra- Latin prefix that means against, in the opposite direction