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Definition of Contrary


  1. Opposite; in an opposite direction; in opposition; adverse; as, contrary winds.
  2. Opposed; contradictory; repugnant; inconsistent.
  3. Given to opposition; perverse; forward; wayward; as, a contrary disposition; a contrary child.
  4. Affirming the opposite; so opposed as to destroy each other; as, contrary propositions.
  5. A thing that is of contrary or opposite qualities.
  6. An opponent; an enemy.
  7. the opposite; a proposition, fact, or condition incompatible with another; as, slender proofs which rather show the contrary. See Converse, n., 1.
  8. See Contraries.

Contrary Quotations

True love is not a strong, fiery, impetuous passion. It is, on the contrary, an element calm and deep. It looks beyond mere externals, and is attracted by qualities alone. It is wise and discriminating, and its devotion is real and abiding.
Ellen G. White

When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.
Peter Marshall

Literature is the expression of a feeling of deprivation, a recourse against a sense of something missing. But the contrary is also true: language is what makes us human. It is a recourse against the meaningless noise and silence of nature and history.
Octavio Paz

The way to Heaven is ascending; we must be content to travel uphill, though it be hard and tiresome, and contrary to the natural bias of our flesh.
Jonathan Edwards

The little may contrast with the great, in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast; but there are also colors contrary to each other, that is, which produce an ill effect because they shock the eye when brought very near it.
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Contrary Translations

contrary in Afrikaans is teenoorgesteld
contrary in Danish is modsat
contrary in Dutch is tegengesteld, strijdig, tegenliggend
contrary in German is entgegengesetzt, zuwider
contrary in Hungarian is nyakas, akaratos
contrary in Latin is contrarius
contrary in Norwegian is motsatt
contrary in Swedish is trilsk, motsatt
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