Meaning of “contrariness” in the English Dictionary

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"contrariness" in British English

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contrarinessnoun [ U ]

uk /kənˈtreə.ri.nəs/ us /kənˈtrer.i.nəs/

Examples from literature

  • Jack ran away of his own free-will, and out of downright contrariness. 
  • Once this would have thrilled me—only last Spring! but now the contrariness in me made me say that it was absolutely necessary that I returned immediately to Versailles. 
  • Progress is always hampered by sluggish stupidity and contrariness. 
  • The innate contrariness of things seemed to be blocking all his plans. 
  • This is certainly another instance of the contrariness of Fate. 

(Definition of “contrariness” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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