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contrarynoun [S]

uk   /ˈkɒn.trə.ri/  us   /ˈkɑːn.tre-/
the contrary the opposite: I was worried that it might be too difficult for me but I found the contrary.on the contrary B2 used to show that you think or feel the opposite of what has just been stated: "Didn't you find the film exciting?" "On the contrary, I nearly fell asleep half way through it!"to the contrary C1 saying or showing the opposite: For a long time it was thought to be a harmless substance, but we now have proof/evidence to the contrary.

contraryadjective

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contrary adjective (OPPOSITE)

C1 uk   /ˈkɒn.trə.ri/  us   /ˈkɑːn.tre-/ opposite: a contrary point of view Contrary to all our expectations, he's found a well-paid job and a nice girlfriend.contrary to popular opinion uk   /ˈkɒn.trə.ri/  us   /ˈkɑːn.tre-/ in a different way from what most people believe: Contrary to popular opinion, I don't dye my hair!

contrary adjective (NOT REASONABLE)

uk   /kənˈtreə.ri/  us   /-ˈtrer.i/ A contrary person wants to disagree with and annoy other people: He doesn't really mean it - he's just being contrary.
Translations of “contrary”
in Spanish contrario a…
in Vietnamese trái ngược…
in Thai ตรงกันข้าม…
in Malaysian bertentangan…
in French contraire (à), contrairement (à)…
in German entgegengesetzt…
in Indonesian berlawanan…
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