Con·tra·ry, n.; pl. Contraries
1. A thing that is of contrary or opposite qualities.
No contraries hold more antipathy
Than I and such a knave. --Shak.
2. An opponent; an enemy. [Obs.]
3. the opposite; a proposition, fact, or condition incompatible with another; as, slender proofs which rather show the contrary. See Converse, n., 1.
4. Logic See Contraries.
On the contrary, in opposition; on the other hand. --Swift.
To the contrary, to an opposite purpose or intent; on the other side. “They did it, not for want of instruction to the contrary.” --Bp. Stillingfleet.
1. Opposite; in an opposite direction; in opposition; adverse; as, contrary winds.
And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me. --Lev. xxvi. 21.
We have lost our labor; they are gone a contrary way. --Shak.
2. Opposed; contradictory; repugnant; inconsistent.
Fame, if not double-faced, is double mouthed,
And with contrary blast proclaims most deeds. --Milton.
The doctrine of the earth's motion appeared to be contrary to the sacred Scripture. --Whewell.
3. Given to opposition; perverse; forward; wayward; as, a contrary disposition; a contrary child.
4. Logic Affirming the opposite; so opposed as to destroy each other; as, contrary propositions.
Contrary motion Mus., the progression of parts in opposite directions, one ascending, the other descending.
Syn: -- Adverse; repugnant; hostile; inimical; discordant; inconsistent.
Con·tra·ry, v. t. To contradict or oppose; to thwart. [Obs.]
I was advised not to contrary the king. --Bp. Latimer.
adj 1: very opposed in nature or character or purpose; "acts
contrary to our code of ethics"; "the facts point to a
2: of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true
but both may be false; "`hot' and `cold' are contrary
3: resistant to guidance or discipline; "Mary Mary quite
contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a
perverse mood"; "wayward behavior" [syn: obstinate, perverse,
4: in an opposing direction; "adverse currents"; "a contrary
wind" [syn: adverse]
n 1: a relation of direct opposition; "we thought Sue was older
than Bill but just the reverse was true" [syn: reverse,
2: exact opposition; "public opinion to the contrary he is not
3: two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but
both can be false