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

A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example.
Niccolo Machiavelli

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

The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind.
W. Somerset Maugham

A handful of men, inured to war, proceed to certain victory, while on the contrary, numerous armies of raw and undisciplined troops are but multitudes of men dragged to the slaughter.
Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus
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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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