Definition of 'contrary'
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But there is one make that takes a contrary view of the iconography of the metal box. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The contrary appetites of public servants don't help a kitchen much. Times, Sunday Times (2016)You have shown no remorse, quite the contrary. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Because we talked earlier about how if you pulled an opinion and you see more evidence to the contrary, your opinion becomes more ingrained. Smithsonian Mag (2017)But if she had not been, or had taken the contrary view, would the casting have been wrong? Times, Sunday Times (2016)Showing our backbone and speaking bluntly has to be contrary to our nature. Christianity Today (2000)On the contrary it may well push up these costs. MANAGING FOR RESULTS (1986)They are genuinely by ideas that run contrary world view. The Sun (2016)This pitiful recourse had an effect quite contrary to that which it was intended to produce. Red Coats and Rebels - the war for America 1770-1781 (1990)The evidence to the contrary is now overwhelming. Times, Sunday Times (2015)This is a dangerous coast for contrary currents and winds. Times, Sunday Times (2013)This view is contrary to the aims of critical social research for a number of reasons. Critical Social Research (1990)On the contrary it may well be superior. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Such ideas are totally contrary to the accepted wisdom of our economists and politicians. Infinite in All Directions (1989)Migrant birds have been held up by contrary winds. The Sun (2013)It may be better to take a contrary view. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Indeed, there is evidence that the contrary is true. Times, Sunday Times (2013)She cared for people - contrary to popular thinking. Times, Sunday Times (2013)This is not to say that managerial skill is irrelevant; quite the contrary. Times, Sunday Times (2014)On the contrary, you think better and more quickly when your stomach is not full. Successful Fasting -the easy way to cleanse your body of its poisons (1990)You must not say that this cannot be, or that that is contrary to nature. The Water Babies (1863)Or the contrary may be the case -- you are less anxious when you have a bit of peace and quiet. POSITIVELY FEARLESS: Breaking free of the fears that hold you back (2001)Quite the contrary is true. POSITIVE THINKING: Everything you have always known about positive thinking but were afraid to put into practice (2001)On the contrary, money numbers are complex and often baffling, and in the past few years they have been particularly so. Times, Sunday Times (2008)
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Translations for 'contrary'
British English: contrary /ˈkɒntrərɪ/ NOUN
You use on the contrary when you are contradicting what has just been said.
People just don't do things like that. — On the contrary, they do them all the time.
- American English: contrary
- Arabic: مُعَاكِس
- Brazilian Portuguese: contrário
- Chinese: 反面
- Croatian: naprotiv
- Czech: opak
- Danish: modsat
- Dutch: tegendeel
- European Spanish: contrario
- Finnish: vastakohta
- French: contraire
- German: Gegenteil
- Greek: αντίθετο
- Italian: contrario
- Japanese: 正反対
- Korean: 반대
- Norwegian: motsetning
- Polish: przeciwieństwo
- European Portuguese: contrário
- Romanian: din contră
- Russian: противоположность
- Spanish: contrario
- Swedish: motsats
- Thai: ในทางตรงกันข้าม
- Turkish: karşıt
- Ukrainian: протилежність
- Vietnamese: điều trái ngược
British English: contrary ADJECTIVE
Ideas, attitudes, or reactions that are contrary to each other are completely different from each other.
This view is contrary to the aims of critical social research for a number of reasons.
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