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Definition of Contrary

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

When we see persons of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see persons of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
Confucius

Extreme positions are not succeeded by moderate ones, but by contrary extreme positions.
Friedrich Nietzsche

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

A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention.
Aldous Huxley

In my youth, I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.
Benjamin Franklin
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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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