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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 cross-pur·pose /ˈkrɔsˈpɚ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 cross-pur·pose n.
 1. A counter or opposing purpose; a contrary aim; hence, that which is inconsistent or contradictory.
 2. pl. A conversational game, in which questions and answers are made so as to involve ludicrous combinations of ideas.
 To be at cross-purposes, to misunderstand or to act counter to one another without intending it; -- said of persons.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a contrary aim; "at cross-purposes"