contrary meaning, contrary definition | English Cobuild dictionary



1       adj   Ideas, attitudes, or reactions that are contraryto each other are completely different from each other.  
usu v-link ADJ to n  
This view is contrary to the aims of critical social research for a number of reasons..., Several of those present, including Weinberger, had contrary information.     
2    If you say that something is true contrary to other people's beliefs or opinions, you are emphasizing that it is true and that they are wrong.  
contrary to      prep-phrase  
Contrary to popular belief, moderate exercise actually decreases your appetite...     
3    You use on the contrary when you have just said or implied that something is not true and are going to say that the opposite is true.  
on the contrary      phrase   PHR with cl  
It is not an idea around which the Community can unite. On the contrary, I see it as one that will divide us.     
4    You can use on the contrary when you are disagreeing strongly with something that has just been said or implied, or are making a strong negative reply.  
on the contrary      phrase  
`People just don't do things like that.'—`On the contrary, they do them all the time.'     
5    You can use quite the contrary to emphasize a previous negative statement, or when you are making a strong negative reply.  
quite the contrary      phrase   PHR with cl     (emphasis)    (=quite the opposite)  
I'm not a feminist, quite the contrary...     
6    When a particular idea is being considered, evidence or statements to the contrary suggest that this idea is not true or that the opposite is true.  
to the contrary      phrase   n PHR  
That does not automatically mean, however, that the money supply has been curbed, and there is considerable evidence to the contrary...     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    adverse, antagonistic, clashing, contradictory, counter, discordant, hostile, inconsistent, inimical, opposed, opposite, paradoxical  
2    awkward, balky, cantankerous, cussed     (informal)   difficult, disobliging, froward     (archaic)   intractable, obstinate, perverse, stroppy     (Brit. slang)   thrawn     (Northern English dialect)   unaccommodating, wayward, wilful  
3    antithesis, converse, opposite, reverse  
4    on the contrary      conversely, in contrast, not at all, on the other hand, quite the opposite or reverse  
1    accordant, congruous, consistent, harmonious, in agreement, parallel, unopposed  
2    accommodating, agreeable, amiable, cooperative, eager to please, helpful, obliging, tractable, willing  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

! in broken ship all winds are contrary n.
à navire rompu tous les vents sont contraires

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
generally, an endearment expression used to describe someone who, contrary to the appearances, proves to have strength, determination
a willingness to believe in the absence of sufficient evidence, or contrary to the evidence.
this could cover all instances of use of the word 'faith'.
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