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Meaning of “contrary” in the English Dictionary

"contrary" in British English

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contrarynoun [S]

uk   /ˈkɒn.trə.ri/  us   /ˈkɑːn.tre-/ formal
the contrary the ​opposite: I was ​worried that it might be too hard for me but it ​turned out the contrary was ​true.on the contrary B2 used to show that you ​think or ​feel the ​opposite of what has just been ​stated: "I ​thought you said the ​film was ​exciting?" "On the contrary, I ​nearlyfellasleephalf way through it!"to the contrary C1 saying or ​showing the ​opposite: For a ​longtime it was ​thought to be a ​harmlesssubstance, but we now have proof/​evidence to the contrary.

contraryadjective

uk   us  
  • contrary adjective (OPPOSITE)

C1 uk   /ˈkɒn.trə.ri/  us   /ˈkɑːn.tre-/ opposite: a contrary ​point of ​view Contrary to all ​ourexpectations, he ​found a well-paid ​job and a ​nicegirlfriend.contrary to popular opinion uk   /ˈkɒn.trə.ri/  us   /ˈkɑːn.tre-/ in a different way from what most ​peoplebelieve: Contrary to ​popularopinion, I don't ​dye my ​hair!
  • contrary adjective (NOT REASONABLE)

uk   /kənˈtreə.ri/  us   /-ˈtrer.i/ A contrary ​personwants to ​disagree with and ​annoy other ​people: He doesn't really ​mean it - he's just being contrary.
(Definition of contrary from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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contrarynoun [U]

 us   /ˈkɑnˌtrer·i/
  • contrary noun [U] (THE OPPOSITE)

a ​fact or ​opinion that is the ​opposite of one already ​stated: We ​expected the ​play to be a ​bore, but the contrary was ​true.

contraryadjective

 us   /ˈkɑnˌtrer·i/
  • contrary adjective (OPPOSITE)

opposing; ​opposite: Most ​peoplesupported the ​proposal, but Liz ​expressed a contrary ​opinion.

contraryadjective

 us   /kənˈtrer·i, ˈkɑnˌtrer·i/
(of a ​person) ​intentionallywanting to ​disagree with and ​annoy other ​people: I’m in a contrary ​mood – I don’t ​feel like ​practicing today.
(Definition of contrary from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “contrary”
in Vietnamese trái ngược…
in Spanish contrario a…
in Malaysian bertentangan…
in Thai ตรงกันข้าม…
in French contraire (à), contrairement (à)…
in German entgegengesetzt…
in Indonesian berlawanan…
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