contrary to popular belief meaning, contrary to popular belief definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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belief

  
  ( beliefs    plural  )
1       n-uncount   Belief is a feeling of certainty that something exists, is true, or is good.  
usu N in n  
One billion people throughout the world are Muslims, united by belief in one god., ...a belief in personal liberty.     
2       n-plural   Your religious or political beliefs are your views on religious or political matters.  
usu supp N  
He refuses to compete on Sundays because of his religious beliefs.     
3       n-sing   If it is your belief that something is the case, it is your strong opinion that it is the case.  
usu N that  
It is our belief that improvements in health care will lead to a stronger, more prosperous economy.     
4    You use beyond belief to emphasize that something is true to a very great degree or that it happened to a very great degree.  
beyond belief      phrase   adj PHR, PHR after v     (emphasis)    We are devastated, shocked beyond belief...     
5    You use contrary to popular belief to introduce a statement that is the opposite to what is thought to be true by most ordinary people.  
contrary to popular belief             phrase   PHR with cl  
Contrary to popular belief, there is no evidence that what you look like makes much difference to your life.     
6    If you do one thing in the belief that another thing is true or will happen, you do it because you think, usually wrongly, that it is true or will happen.  
in the belief that      phrase   PHR after v, PHR cl  
Civilians had broken into the building, apparently in the belief that it contained food.     
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contrary  
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  
  (emphasis)   
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  
  (emphasis)   
`People just don't do things like that.'<emdash>`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...     

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contrary

  

      adj  
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  
      n  
3    antithesis, converse, opposite, reverse  
4    on the contrary      conversely, in contrast, not at all, on the other hand, quite the opposite or reverse  
  
Antonyms     
  
1    accordant, congruous, consistent, harmonious, in agreement, parallel, unopposed  
2    accommodating, agreeable, amiable, cooperative, eager to please, helpful, obliging, tractable, willing  

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n.
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'.
exp.
generally, an endearment expression used to describe someone who, contrary to the appearances, proves to have strength, determination
n.
a popular person in a community
n.
fan of Justin Bieber (young and very popular singer)
word coined in 2010, due to the very wide fan club of Justin Bieber, with a play on words : believer, lieber (dear in German)
exp.
a modern version of the popular saying "killing two birds with one stone" derived from the popular video game "angry birds."
n.
stereotypical belief that disconsiders in terms of intellectual and physical qualities women who stay home to look after their children
id.
expression referring to the belief that those who hold the power are entitled to anything
n.
a strategy video game originary from Japan, published by Nintendo. Now it is very popular everywhere around the world.
The name Pokémo ncomes from the words Pocket Monsters
exp.
expression used to describe something that is in decline or has lost the qualities that made it popular, appealing, successful
used originally in media to describe a show or a movie that is declining in popularity. E.g: I loved their ads, but with the last ones they just jump the shark.
n.
A tenacious confidence;mental toughness,self-belief,deep respect
n.
a set of ideas, rules, or beliefs from which something is developed, or on which decisions are based
The educational framework of ISB is much different from the framework (curriculum) where I used to go to school. I do like it though.

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